Having worked in the field of psychology for close to a decade, I’ve noticed two differences between my practice and most others.
I specialize in working with older adults. There are many neuropsychological needs of older adults. When I’m not working with an older adult, I’m learning what’s new about them and the conditions they’ll face. It’s a full time job! By focusing on a single population, my practice gets better and better. I can relate to older adults better, my experience grows faster, and I can learn what’s new in the field faster.
When a patient is at home, they’re more comfortable and less worried. They’ll tell me more. They don’t feel rushed. There’s no waiting room to fuel any anxiety about waiting.
By seeing where and how a patient lives, I gather important information that helps me build a full picture of the current situation – is there hoarding? Is the home clean? Is the patient clean? Is there food in the house? The neuropsychological assessment is that much more effective with this added information.