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  • Miriam Bingham

Assessments Keep Care Plans on Track

Patients become attached to their physicians and sometimes the loyalty is well-placed. However, since ensuring that an elder loved one is receiving the best possible medical care is a sacred responsibility, this may mean severing ties with past providers. Many older adults are opposed to changing doctors, but if the caregiver is concerned they can seek a neutral second opinion using the geriatric assessment process.

According to the 2018 American Family Physician Journal, a geriatric assessment “is a multidimensional, multidisciplinary assessment designed to evaluate an older person’s functional ability, physical health, cognition and mental health, and socioenvironmental circumstances.”

Assessments are usually initiated when the physician identifies a potential problem, but families can initiate the process as well. Families often initiate assessments when they feel their loved one is not getting optimal care and their loved one is opposed to changing doctors.

The centers that conduct assessments can advise on eligibility

requirements, insurance coverage, the evaluation process itself and on how to access the appropriate referral form. Then, caregivers should attend the elder’s next doctor’s appointment and ask the physician to make a referral to the center.

The center reports the assessment results back to the referring physician and makes recommendations for optimal care.

The following centers accept most health insurances but it’s best to verify in advance:

Ascension Health

Rose Family Senior Assessment for Independent Living Center

26850 Providence Pkwy

Novi, MI 48374


Wilson Center: Senior Resources for Independent Living Center

648 St. Clair

Grosse Pointe, MI 48230


Beaumont Health

Beaumont Geriatric Assessment Center

1949 12 Mile Rd., Suite 100, Berkley · 248. 551.0615

Beaumont Medical Center – Dearborn

17000 Hubbard Dr., Ste. 300,



Beaumont Geriatrics Center – Henry Ford Village

15101 Ford Rd., Ste. 130, Dearborn · 313.582.2769

Detroit Medical Center

Rosa Parks Geriatric Center

4201 Saint Antoine St Ste 5B,

Detroit, MI 48201


Memory Assessment only from a referring physician. DMC patients may receive physical assessment as well.

Henry Ford Health System

Several centers offer evaluations for seniors. To learn which conditions they evaluate, call 313.876.2526 or 800.422.1183

University of Michigan/Michigan Medicine

East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center

Turner Geriatric Clinic

4260 Plymouth Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5796

West Ann Arbor Health Center

Parkland Plaza

380 Parkland Plaza

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Northville Health Center

39901 Traditions Drive

Northville, MI 48186

Call 734.764.6831 for an appointment or visit

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