Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Centers are specialized centers providing a comprehensive evaluation of the physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being of an older adult by specially trained professionals. Fees vary as do services offered.
Often, the first indication that a problem exists is related to memory. As a caregiver, if no other problems are evident, the best first step may be to go to a Memory Disorder Clinic instead of a Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Center.
Another approach would be to use an "Observed Behavior Checklist" which can be used to help you discuss suspect behaviors with a doctor or other trained professional. Below, we offer Observed Behavior Checklists for identifying problems in doing everyday tasks and one specifically for use when Alzheimer's or dementia is suspected, or if memory seems to be the main issue.
If you need to access a Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Center or Memory Disorders Clinic and you are having difficulty finding one, check with a local hospital. Many of the Centers are located within the Geriatric Section of a hospital. If that does not provide the information you need, contact your State Agency on Aging or a local Area Agency on Aging.
If you are still not sure of which type of service to try or are having trouble locating the type service you need, contact a local caregiver specialist.