Geriatric Medicine department specializes in the comprehensive multi-disciplinary geriatric assessment and treatment of senior citizens. We help them live healthy, productive lives by improving their function, independence, well-being, comfort and quality of life. We work together in a team comprising Geriatrician, Counsellor, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. The geriatric team cares for the most complex and frail elderly populations. At the same time, with aging population, it drives the necessary changes in the delivery system to promote optimum care for all older adults in the hospital.
Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS) is a network of specialty teams in ambulatory, outreach and inpatient settings that specialize in the assessment, intervention, and management of older persons with functional decline, frailty, and complexities. A Geriatrician directs multidisciplinary team and takes a holistic approach to patient care that involves clinical, psychosocial and functional assessment. All the patients who are referred to our service undergo full comprehensive geriatric assessment.
Our team of experts address many concerns in areas such as nutrition, sexuality and functional independence. Our goal is to provide comprehensive services for today’s seniors to help them achieve and maintain a high quality of life as they age.
Our Care Team
The health care professionals look at the person holistically. The team considers the person’s medical history and present health conditions. The team also looks for the effects of past illnesses, as well as ‘geriatric syndromes’ – common health concerns found in frail elderly such as
- Frequent falls
- Memory problems
- Side effects caused by multiple medications
The Geriatric Team Include
- Registered nurses
- Occupational therapist
- Speech-language pathologist
Patient is 60 years of age or over and/or substitute decision maker, are aware of referral and have given consent, family physician (or other MD/NP) referral
Who We Serve
A referral is appropriate when older adults
- Have Multiple complex medical, functional and/or psychosocial issues
- Are frail
- Have increased their use of health care services (i.e. multiple emergency room visits)
Typical challenges may include
- Caregiver stress
- Hygiene issues
- Poor nutrition
- Functional decline
- Weight loss