Senior Assessment Program
The Senior Assessment Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus is a comprehensive consultative service designed to help seniors with age-related concerns, such as medical problems or difficulty with self-care. This outpatient care service focuses on the complex health care needs of the geriatric population. The program’s unique interdisciplinary approach provides older adults with comprehensive physical, medical, psychosocial and functional assessments. These are coordinated to establish an individualized care plan for each patient, his/her family, providers or other caregivers.
The key geriatric team consists of a board-certified geriatrician, advanced practice nurse specialist in geriatrics and a geriatric social worker. The geriatric team strives to maximize function and minimize morbidity in each patient and balance each patient’s quality of life with his/her care needs.
At the visit, our staff:
- Diagnoses physical problems, including incontinence, pain, falls and decreased mobility
- Evaluates mental difficulties, such as depression, dementia, memory loss, confusion and related behavior problems, as well as decision-making capability
- Assesses living arrangements and social and financial resources
The geriatric team then develops a care plan that addresses the needs of the patient and their family caregivers, and involves the patient’s physicians and appropriate community service agencies. The plan includes:
- Education in the diagnosis and prognosis of identified health problems and treatment options
- Help in developing realistic short- and long-term (health and social) goals and strategies for meeting those goals
- Support for family members and caregivers
- Information and referral to community agencies and financial assistance programs when needed
- Education on safety in the home and community
The Senior Assessment Program has two convenient locations:
Grimes Health Center
1354 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06511 | Map
Branford Outpatient Facility
84 North Main St.
Branford, CT 06405 | Map
To schedule an appointment, please call 203.789.3275. Please note that appointments are required; none of the facilities can accommodate walk-ins. Thank you for your understanding.
Our ElderCare Clinic offers six locations that provide primary care and social services to hundreds of seniors in easy-to-access community settings, including elderly housing complexes. Benefits include:
- Convenient locations
- Complete geriatric primary care
- Long-term relationships with permanent staff who specialize in providing care to older adults
- Social services, including counseling for personal and financial problems
- Labs drawn at clinic
- Less wait for follow-up appointments
- Coordination of care with your M.D. specialist
- Ease in scheduling appointments
To participate in the ElderCare Clinic, you should be age 60 or older. For clinics in New Haven or West Haven, you must be a resident of that town. Residency restrictions do not apply to the Hamden facility.
200 Oak St., Unit #3
West Haven, CT 06516 | Map
Tower One/Tower East
18 Tower Lane, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06519 | Map
Atwater Senior Center
26 Atwater Street
New Haven, CT 06513 | Map
135 Sylvan Ave.
New Haven, CT 06519 | Map
Edith Johnson Towers
114 Bristol St., 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06511 | Map
2080 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518 | Map
For hours of operation at each location and to schedule an appointment, please call 203.789.3275.
The Going HOME program assists people 65 and older hospitalized for acute medical conditions that are complicated by other physical, psychological or emotional issues. While your primary care physician treats your acute illness, our team of geriatric care specialists works with you and your physician to address your special needs.
Program patients typically have acute illnesses such as pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and/or diabetes-related illnesses. In addition, they may have difficulty performing one or more of the activities of daily living, trouble walking or a history of falls and/or depression. At the Going HOME program, our goal is to help you with your illnesses and maintain your physical and mental capabilities while you are hospitalized, so you can return directly home.
Our clinical team includes geriatricians, nurses, social workers, physical, occupational and speesch therapists, care coordinators, dietitians, pharmacists and spiritual care staff. This team meets four times a week to discuss your needs and makes specific recommendations to your primary care physician to address them.
Our specially trained social worker provides older adults, caregivers and physicians with services including information and referrals to important hospital and community resources, such as Meals on Wheels; and access to CareCard, our Health and Wellness Program for adults 55+. Please call 203.789.3275 for more information.
CareCard is a free health and wellness program for adults 55+. Features include:
- Free and low-cost screenings, like cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure and pulmonary at various sites
- Nurse consultant to answer questions and provide information
- Aquacise (low-impact water exercise)
- Low-impact aerobics
- Stretch and flex classes
- Free seminars by physicians and specialists on topics from head to toe
- Free legal consultation for simple legal questions - provided by the New Haven County Bar Association by appointment
- AARP driver safety refresher course
- Annual tax filing assistance
- Monthly book club at the CareCard office
- Social and recreational events like flower arranging and researching your family tree
- Free notary services
For more information about CareCard, please call 203.789.3275.
The Grimes Center is a licensed 125-bed skilled nursing facility affiliated with Yale-New Haven Hospital. Our affiliation with Yale-New Haven offers a unique facility for both long-term residential care for those unable to live independently and short-term rehabilitation for patients who have experienced elective surgery, an injury or traumatic major illness. Learn more.
Healthy Aging Line
Our Healthy Aging Line provides older adults and their caregivers with a gateway to the medical care and support they need. This service is free, confidential and staffed with service representatives specializing in resources for older adults.
Whether you're looking for the right exercise program, want to sign up for a senior seminar, need an assessment appointment or annual tax filing assistance, call our Healthy Aging Line at 203.789.3275.
Down Syndrome Adult Assessment
Adults with Down syndrome are living longer lives. Research shows that people with this condition often develop Alzheimer's disease at an earlier age, which may go undetected. With the help of the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress, Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus offers assessments for adults with Down syndrome to identify, diagnose and treat geriatric conditions.
Assessments are offered the fourth Tuesday of each month from 9 am-noon, by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 203.789.3275.