Geriatric Care Management
Established healthcare centers offer comprehensive
geriatric care management services to meet the varied
needs of older adults.
Coping with their daily affairs can become difficult for the
elderly, especially in the case of older people living alone.
The geriatric care management services offered by a
professional healthcare center are designed to help with
this. Specially trained healthcare professionals work with
older adults and/or their families to develop a personalized
program that will help the elderly handle the
responsibilities of daily living and maintain an independent
lifestyle. Such geriatric care programs are of immense help
to seniors living alone, have a chronic illness or other
health issues, or have signs of dementia.
Professional Geriatric Care Services
The geriatric care management team at a reliable healthcare
center would be comprised of orthopedic surgeons,
physical therapists, pain management physicians,
neurologists and other specialists. These specialists
collaborate to develop a comprehensive care plan for each
older adult which would typically include the following:
Care plan development and implementation
Ongoing care management
Follow up and monitoring of care
Elder care counseling and support
Consumer education and advocacy
Geriatric medical care services include a close monitoring
of the patient’s health, and diagnosis, treatment prevention
of health diseases to pain management, medication
management, and follow-up services.
Geriatric Pain Management
Older adults, especially those aged 65 or older may face
chronic/acute pain from various conditions such as
musculoskeletal disorders, falls, hip fractures, back trauma
or other medical conditions. Managing this pain is crucial
to improve their mobility and independence.
Unmanaged/poorly managed pain in the elderly can lead to
sleep disturbances, loss of strength and mobility, functional
loss and increased dependency, weakened immune function
and healing, exacerbation of cognitive impairment,
depression, anxiety, and increased healthcare costs.
Healthcare centers provide pain management services to
help older adults manage acute and chronic pain.
Comprehensive pain assessment with physical examination,
review of medical history, lab and diagnosis tests helps
physicians identify the true cause of pain. Pharmacologic as
well as non-pharmacologic measures are then implemented
to treat pain such as:
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Administration of analgesics, NSAIDs, narcotic
medications, muscle relaxants, and anti-convulsants
Fall Prevention Program
Falls are a major cause for injuries in the elderly. Falls can
be prevented. Healthcare centers offer slip/fall prevention
programs to help older adults reduce their risk of falling,
improve balance and gait, and enhance their independence.
This program is intended to improving the strength,
mobility and balance in the elderly by assessing and
modifying the physical and environmental factors that
cause falls. Tips are also offered to modify the
environmental factors that can increase risk of falling such
poor lighting, uneven floors, uneven steps, unsturdy
handrails, and so on.
Only a reputable healthcare center can provide a
personalized geriatric care management services to meet
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