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Masonicare's Center for Optimal Aging

Come Experience the Difference

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Who we are:

Masonicare's CENTER FOR OPTIMAL AGING is a comprehensive consultative outpatient evaluation for older adults who have medical, psychological, memory, or social problems affecting their function or threatening independent living. 

 

This 360 degree geriatric assessment, performed by experienced healthcare professionals, focuses on improving quality of life by maximizing independence and optimizing medical care.

 

Navigating the maze of the modern medical world can be a daunting task. Our professionals not only guide you through this process, but will assure that all available resources are considered. Masonicare has access to a full range of elder services, much available right at home.

 

Some of the common problems we address include: loss of self-care skills, diminished mobility, difficulty walking, multiple falls, memory problems, agitation, depression, weight loss, medical problems and long-term care options.

 

Assessments are usually covered by Medicare and secondary insurance plans, and no referral is necessary. 

 

Masonicare's goal at the Center for Optimal Aging is to keep seniors functioning at their highest level of independence, preferably at home.

To learn more about Masonicare’s Center for Optimal Aging or to make an appointment, please call 1-203-679-6370.

 

What to expect:

You or your loved one's assessment typically occurs in at least 2 parts.  This may occur on the same day depending on ease of scheduling.


 

The FIRST VISIT: A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) will perform an extensive initial intake including a complete social history and full memory and mood testing. In order to get a clear picture of the situation, information is gathered from the patient, family, and Primary Care Provider and pertinent specialists.

 

We encourage that ALL medications, both prescribed and over the counter, be brought with you so that we can fully assess this important component of the evaluation.  This comprehensive visit usually takes up to two hours.

 

The SECOND VISIT:  Utilizing the information gathered by the LCSW, a board certified geriatric physician will perform their specialized evaluation, including a full medical history, physical examination, and physical functioning testing.

 

After the evaluation is completed, a comprehensive assessment is provided with specific recommendations to improve quality of life and maximize safe independence.

 

Subsequent Visits and the "Always here" Philosophy:

Your geriatrician may want you to return after your initial visit with them to review laboratory or radiology results or simply to gauge your response to treatment.  The Licensed Clinical Social Worker is "always here" for you as an expert in navigating the complex world of Medicare and helping to connect you with all appropriate support services. 

 

The Masonicare difference:

Our expert geriatric specialists in medicine and psychiatry have dedicated their careers to the exclusive care of the older adult. They understand the unique challenges that face the aging adult and appreciate how important it is to maintain safe independence in spite of medical and psychological challenges that may be present.

 

Their assessment is more than just a medical exam; it yields a wealth of practical approaches to restore vitality—coping skills, problem solving, care planning and assesses medically reversible issues to enhance quality of life along with community referrals for services. The vast resources available through Masonicare's geriatric care network can foster seamless implementation of the recommendations.

 

Masonicare's vast continuum of services include:

Audiology, Home Care, Home Health Aide, Visiting Nurse Services, Home Safety Assessment, Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Psychiatric referral, Driving Assessment, Companion and Home-Maker, Day Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Vision Screening,  Assisted living, Dementia Assisted living, Independent Living, Primary Care Services, On Campus Hospital Level Care for medical and psychiatric conditions.

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Staff:

Steven J. Angelo, MD FACP (Director)

John Tibbetts (Director of Operations)

Ronald Schwartz, MD (Staff Geriatrician)

Nailia Vodovskaia, MD (Staff Geriatrician)

Simina Ionescu, MD (Staff Geriatrician)

Richard Kull, MD (Staff Psychiatrist)

Javier Salabarria, MD (Geriatric Psychiatry)

Rita Tropper, LCSW (Clinical Social Worker)

Lori Solkoske (Practice Administrator)

Jessica LeTourneau, MBA, (Practice Manager)

Stephanie Newell, JD (Office Coordinator)

Mercedes Curr, MA (Medical Assistant)

 

Where we are located:

Masonicare Medical Office Building

67 Masonic Avenue

Wallingford, CT 06492

 

How to contact us:

To learn more about Masonicare’s Center for Optimal Aging or to make an appointment, please call 1-203-679-6370.

 

For Referring Physicians:

Please provide pertinent documentation regarding the patient's medical conditions, medications, hospitalizations, etc. that will assist our clinicians with the most effective evaluation.

You will receive a comprehensive report regarding your patient's assessment and recommendations.

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