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Geriatric Medicine

Geriatrics
Overview

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

  • Incontinence
  • Frequent falls
  • Memory problems
  • Side effects caused by multiple medications

 

The Geriatric Team Include

  • Geriatrician
  • Psychologist
  • Dietician
  • Registered nurses
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech-language pathologist

 

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Depression
  • Caregiver stress
  • Dementia
  • Incontinence
  • Polypharmacy
  • Hygiene issues
  • Falls
  • Immobility
  • Poor nutrition
  • Abuse
  • Functional decline
  • Weight loss
Services

Parkinson’s Education Programme

This six week program increases awareness and provides coping strategies for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners

 

What to expect during each visit

One hour education session provided by skilled health care professionals to address the following areas:

  • Signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
  • Disease progression and management of physical symptoms
  • Medication management
  • Mobility issues
  • Speech and swallowing issues and nutrition
  • Adaptive equipment for self care
  • Energy conservation and relaxation
  • Health benefits of leisure
  • Overcoming barriers to leisure
  • Social and emotional aspects of the disease and adjustment process
  • One hour exercise class, led by a physiotherapist

 

Participants are provided with comprehensive literature from the various components of the program. The program is intended for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. Other eligibility criteria include:

  • Ability to participate in group activities
  • Independence with transfers and going to the toilet
  • Ability to participate in an exercise class is evaluated on an individual basis

 

Ten signs to look for – Impaired memory & cognition

  • Misplacing things
  • Changes in personality
  • Loss of initiative
  • Changes in mood or behaviour
  • Memory loss that affects day-to-day functions
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Problems with language
  • Disorientation of time and place
  • Poor or decreased judgment
  • Problems with abstract thinking

 

Geriatric Rehabilitation Day Hospital

A day treatment program for clients experiencing functional decline, who live in the community and require rehabilitation. Clients attend 2-3 times per week for a defined period of time.

 

Geriatric Clinics

We offer multiple outpatient clinics where geriatricians and advanced practice nurses provide assessments and recommendations for clients with complex geriatric issues. Specialty clinics include:

  • Aging brain and memory clinic
  • Continence clinic
  • Cognitive neurology
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