UNT Health advocates a team approach to older adults’ care

November 3, 2012

The problems of aging can be complicated, often requiring a team approach. UNT Health, the physician faculty practice of the UNT Health Science Center, is uniquely equipped to assist. Its clinics use a comprehensive, team approach to diagnose and treat seniors called the Gerontology Assessment and Planning Program (GAP). The team includes a multidisciplinary professional staff of:

  • Physicians who are board certified in geriatrics
  • Social workers
  • Geriatric nurse practitioners
  • Psychologists

These professionals treat the entire spectrum: frail older adults, active healthy seniors and everyone in between. An assessment may include a review of:

  • Medical history and physical health
  • Medications
  • Functional and nutritional status
  • Cognitive, emotional and psychological wellness
  • social service needs, such as care and safety in the home, social network support, access to resources and planning for long-term care

Referrals are made for associated medical services such as:

  • Specialist exams
  • Psychiatric/psychological assessment
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Dental care
  • Sensory deficit evaluations

"We outline options for the patient and family," said Janice Knebl, DO, MBA. "We take into account practical matters like financial status and their social network. "We emphasize safe independence and help with planning for the future. You become a victim if things are not planned. Having a plan means control. If you have a plan, you can make choices."

Appointments are available at UNT Health, 817-735-DOCS (3627). More information is available at www.unthealth.org.

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