A neuropsychological assessment can identify specific cognitive abilities, how severely those abilities have been impaired, and how changes in these abilities will affect day-to-day functioning. This type of assessment is also helpful for identifying which abilities have been preserved. Identifying specific cognitive strengths helps develop a rehabilitation plan to teach people to compensate for their deficits. Equally important is determining how emotional or psychological factors influence cognitive abilities, performance, or concerns. This is the type of information a neuropsychologist can provide.
Ideally, a screening assessment should be done as soon as a documented or suspected decline in functioning is noted. If problems or complaints persist or increase, a comprehensive assessment is needed. In many cases, it is helpful to have an assessment every 6 to 12 months for the first two years and as required after that. Follow-up depends on the patient’s functional or cognitive status rate of change. Neuropsychological assessment and monitoring are needed to track active recovery during and following rehabilitation.
An explanation of the examination results can be beneficial to patients. Their families and consultation can also help healthcare providers (i.e., physicians, psychologists, therapists) and other professionals (i.e., employers, case managers, agencies, attorneys) provide better accommodations more effective care.
We offer in-office neuropsychological assessments, which most insurance providers cover. We also provide in-home assessments for those who have difficulty getting around or coming into the office. At this time, most insurance providers do not cover in-home assessments, which requires an out-of-pocket charge.