Welcome to the Interprofessional Comprehensive Geriatric Toolkit

An Assess and Restore approach to care involves earlier access to comprehensive assessment, for older adults who are at high risk for loss of independence. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is the gold standard in best practice for managing frailty in older adults. CGA is an interprofessional diagnostic and intervention process that involves systematic evaluation across multiple domains, in order to identify treatable health-related problems, and develop a coordinated plan of care to maximize overall health with aging.

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Setting the stage for an Assessment

Before you perform a CGA, it is a good idea to let patients and caregivers know what to expect:

  • Let the patient and caregiver know the expected length of the appointment
  • Request Patient bring all medications to visit
  • Request Patient bring a friend/family member/caregiver to provide collateral history

Other tips for completing a CGA:

  • Spend some time before the appointment reviewing previous investigations/consultations/community care reports
  • Consider a waiting room patient/caregiver questionnaire
  • Arrange for 1:1 time with the caregiver, if possible
  • At the end of the assessment, provide patient/caregiver written instructions

For more information on Setting the Stage, download the assessment and patient questionnaire templates

Screening and Assessment

A CGA begins with a comprehensive review of systems and includes a physical assessment and history taking. Click on the buttons below for an introduction to the CGA assessment domains and evidence based suggestions for screening tools and further assessment.