The United States Census Bureau projects the country's elderly population to double by 2050—and it's time for your geriatrics program to grow along with it.
Health systems report that skilled treatment of geriatric syndromes can increase elderly patients’ satisfaction rates, decrease LOS, reduce readmission rates, increase the length of time between admissions, and reduce costs. Download our Geriatrics Program Cheat Sheet to learn the strategic, financial, and operation concerns for maintaining a successful program.
What you need to know about geriatrics
Geriatric medicine uses a managed care approach to address the unique health care needs and treatment preferences of the elderly, including special needs due to frailty, significant comorbidities, and cognitive impairments. Geriatrics programs typically employ a comprehensive care team with: geriatricians (internists or family physicians with additional training in geriatrics), geriatric psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, PTs, OTs, nutritionists, pharmacists, and speech and hearing specialists.
The development of a geriatric program places an organizational structure across the many disparate services hospitals offer to the elderly population. Although some organizations refer to these programs as service lines, most organizations simply have a geriatric care team that works closely across service lines and specialties including cardiology, urology, neurosciences, orthopedics, and behavioral health.
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