Geriatric and Palliative Care
What is Geriatric Primary Care?
Geriatric medicine is medical care provided to prevent, diagnose, and treat patients who are, generally, 65 years of age or older. A geriatric provider specializes in the medical care, counseling and treatment for conditions that are associated with the aging body.
What types of services are offered by our primary care providers?
Geriatric health care providers are able to diagnose, counsel and treat patients, and specialize in treating the following conditions:
• Bladder Control / Incontinence
• Problems with Sleep
• Weight Loss / Gain
• Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
• Medication Management
• Chronic Disease Management
• Wound care
• Pain Management
• Transitional Care Coordination
• Durable Medical Equipment
• Palliative Care Referrals
• Home Health Care Referrals
• Hospice Care Referrals
What is Palliative Care?
In the broadest sense, Palliative Care is medical care provided with a greater focus on comfort than cure.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization defines Palliative Care as “…patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs and to facilitate patient autonomy, access to information, and choice.”
What does Palliative Care Provide?
- Provide patient-centered and family-centered care to patients with one or more serious chronic conditions
- Emphasize patient choice, dignity, and comfort
- Lead patients and their family members through the difficult conversations around advance directives and end-of-life care planning
- Help patients transition into hospice as appropriate
- Navigate transitions of care between different programs and locations
- Catch the patients who might otherwise fall through the cracks