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Any condition that may affect the elderly. Particularly common are:
Treatment usually involves a multidisciplinary team. Interventions will be coordinated by the doctor who may begin medications and give general advice. Specific advice regarding coping in the home environment and managing with limited mobility comes from occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers. Support for the patient and the family is avaiable from these sources and also from the GP who often plays a central role in managing elderly patients.
Assessment will be made by every member of the aged care assessment team. Questions will be asked about medical problems, mobility and physical ability and coping, memory, as well as a number of different things. A picture of the illnesses and issues facing an elderly patient will be made and an optimal care package tailored to that individual and family.
The patient will be examined by the doctor (geriatrician) to determine the medical problems facing the patient, and to work out how to best manage them. The rest of the team will all examine the patient, focusing on their ability to cope in the home environment and to decide what best interventions can be made to improve the situation.
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