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care giversWhen caring for aging loved ones, children, grandchildren, relatives and other loved ones may take on the role of caregiver. Sacred Heart HealthCare System can help you provide support, research options for health care, make decisions, and ensure that the senior receives the best care possible.

With the abundance of information available, knowing where to go or what to do for your aging loved one can be difficult and overwhelming. At Sacred Heart, we want to help make the process as seamless as possible. We can provide educational services, support groups, and other resources to help you make the decisions that provide the best care for your loved ones. Please click on the links below to find out more about support groups and resources especially for caregivers of seniors.

 

As we age, seniors can experience a variety of problems that can be treated with the appropriate help. To determine and assess each senior’s needs, Sacred Heart offers a geriatric assessment. Conducted by physicians and other health care professionals specially trained in geriatric medicine, our geriatric assessment helps seniors improve their quality of life, maintain independence, possibly delay admission to nursing homes, and reduce caregiver burnout.

Our comprehensive evaluation will assess each patient’s:

  • Physical and home needs
  • Financial and legal issues
  • Medical history
  • Past lab work
  • Overall medications
  • Physical health
  • Memory loss evaluation
  • Depression and overall mental health
  • Social support system

Pre-Assessment Packet
A pre-assessment packet will be mailed to each patient. The packet is to be completed by the patient and his/her family/spouse and brought to the geriatric assessment. The packet consists of instructions, questionnaires, and a “brown bag” listing of all medications (over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, herbals, etc.). The patient and his/her family/spouse should also bring medical records pertinent to the geriatric assessment.

Initial Assessment
The initial assessment is conducted with the patient and his/her family/spouse. The initial assessment takes 1 ½ - 2 hours to complete. The assessment may determine that the patient requires lab work, physical therapy/occupational therapy, and a home assessment. The preliminary findings from the initial assessment will be discussed with the patient and his/her family/spouse.

Follow-Up Visit
During the follow-up visit, the assessment and recommendations will be reviewed in detail with the patient and his/her family/spouse. The recommendations and findings will be forwarded to the patient’s primary care physician for help with implementation.

Post-Assessment
Following the assessment, we will discuss the results with the patient and his/her family/spouse. We will also provide the patient and his/her primary care physician recommendations for a course of action to help the patient improve his/her health and well-being. If further help is needed, we will direct the patient and his/her family/spouse to the appropriate external resources that can provide the assistance they need. The Geriatric Assessment team members are always available to answer questions or concerns.

Team of Experts
The Geriatric Assessment is conducted by a team of experts that includes geriatricians, geriatric fellows, a licensed clinical social worker, and the clinical coordinator of the pharmacy. Sacred Heart Visiting Nurses & Hospice provides the home assessment.

Location
The Geriatric Assessment is held at:
Sigal Center
450 Chew Street, 1st Floor
Allentown, PA 18102
Appointments
Appointments are scheduled on the first and third Fridays of each month from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. To schedule a geriatric assessment, please call 610-776-4983. Voicemails are answered by the next day

 

Sacred Heart HealthCare System is proud to offer the services of a physician trained specifically in the health care needs of older adults. Joon-Seok Jeon, M.D., known as Dr. “Billy,” provides high quality, compassionate medical care to seniors right in the comfort, privacy, and convenience of their residences, whether those residences are assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or personal care facilities.

After completing medical school and a family medicine residency, Dr. Billy continued his training with a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Sacred Heart Hospital. This program, the only one of its kind in the Lehigh Valley, prepared Dr. Billy to be finely tuned to the unique needs of older adults. As a geriatrician, Dr. Billy understands the intricacies of the physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, and social aspects of the aging process and how to best deliver health care to patients in this stage of life.

In addition to caring for his patients, Dr. Billy frequently lectures on topics important to the geriatric community. He serves as a valuable resource to Sacred Heart patients and their family members.

 

Support Groups

Resources
To help you navigate the resources available to caregivers of aging loved one, please visit the following links:

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