Bill and Colleen’s primary caredoctor ran several tests andrecommended Bill go through acardiac rehabilitation program andto the PCN’s Geriatric Assessmentand Support Clinic.
This past spring, Bill and Colleenmet with a doctor, a pharmacistand a nurse consultant, all clinicalspecialists in caring for older adults.
They reviewed Bill’s history andgathered updated information.
The team then referred Bill to apsychiatrist and a neurologist, whohas ordered an MRI.
The clinic’s team is still workingwith the Montgomerys to solve the
Geriatric nurse consultant Wendy Fuchs (left) talks with Colleen and Bill Montgomery about his upcoming tests through the PCN geriatric assessmentservice.
puzzle of Bill’s health. His conditionis so unusual that the team hasnamed him “The Mystery Man.”“But they will persevere, find adiagnosis and a solution,” Colleensays. “You get the feeling they careabout you. And they won’t give up.”Meanwhile, Wendy Fuchs, a PCNgeriatric nurse consultant on theteam, referred Bill to Alberta HealthServices’ Community AccessibleRehabilitation to help him regainmobility. And she’s referred Colleento AHS’s Family Caregiver Programto help her deal with the emotionaldemands of caring for her husband.
Colleen is learning new ways to
cope with Bill’s memory loss, such
as giving him just one simple task
at a time: “Sweep the floor.” Too
many instructions (sweep the floor
in the kitchen, then in the bathroom,
then empty the dustpan) tend to
And the Montgomerys are able tocall the geriatric assessment clinicany time with questions. It offersa full menu of assessments andsupport, says Fuchs. “We havethe time to listen to patients andcaregivers and understand what theirconcerns are.”The geriatric support service is alifeline for which Bill and Colleenare very grateful. “The unknownis a terrible factor to have in your life.We feel a sense of hope atthe clinic.”