Diagnostic Psychological Evaluation

  • Typical first step after referral by attending physician or social service staff
  • Personal clinical interview and mental status exam
  • Chart review, family and staff consultation
  • Additional testing as needed
  • Written summary of findings, diagnostic impressions, and recommendation submitted

Psychiatric Evaluation

  • Residents already being treated with psychotropic drugs will be evaluated by psychiatric team for medication management
  • When initial diagnosis by psychologist indicates consideration of pharmacotherapy

Neuropsychological Testing

  • Testing can be arranged when clinically indicated or with suspicion of organic brain impairment
  • One or two testing sessions performed by psychologist
  • Data can be used for determining differential diagnosis, appropriate level of care and/or discharge planning for the cognitively impaired resident