Optimising geriatric assessment – A geriatrician perspective

Topic Synopsis

This topic will discuss how to optimise telehealth assessment with older adults. Tips will be shared using a case study and interview with a geriatrician involved with the Geri-Connect Telehealth Outreach Service, Bendigo Health, Victoria. This topic follows on from the organisation’s point of view of establishing telehealth into residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more specialists have been using telehealth to connect to older patients and reach RACF residents, and there are important steps to take before, during, and after an assessment that vary from in-person appointments. This topic will help clinicians to feel prepared when assessing older adults via telehealth, no matter where the patient is located.

Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:

  • Identify what should be in place before conducting a telehealth assessment with an older adult
  • Know tips for optimising the assessment process while it is happening
  • Understand what to do after the assessment with the information gathered

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