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Psychogeriatric care is care in which the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal is improvement in the functional status, behaviour and/or quality of life for an older patient with significant psychiatric or behavioural disturbance. The disturbance is caused by mental illness, age related organic brain impairment or a physical condition.
Psychogeriatric care is always:
- delivered under the management of or informed by a clinician with specialised expertise in psychogeriatric care, and
- evidenced by an individualised multidisciplinary management plan which is documented in the patient's medical record. The plan must cover the physical, psychological, emotional and social needs of the patient, as well as include the negotiated goals within indicative time frames and formal assessment of functional ability.
Psychogeriatric care is not applicable if the primary focus of care is acute symptom control.