Geriatric Services

There are things everyone can do to maintain optimal health as we age. That’s why we have established the Center for Optimal Aging. This outpatient center features a multidisciplinary assessment team focused on the needs of older adults. Our team is comprised of physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and registered dietitians as well as an elder care consultant, all of whom work together to determine the needs of the whole person—body, mind and spirit. Together, they develop a plan and resources for both the patient and caregivers to help address their particular needs.

Assessment testing includes:

  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Mobility
  • Range of motion
  • Performance of activities of daily living
  • Cognitive performance
  • Medication use
  • Nutrition
  • Social connectivity
  • Support system

During the assessment, patients and their caregivers will receive education about injury prevention, proper body mechanics and patient transfer techniques which will promote safety and may make the work of care giving more manageable. Caregivers also will be encouraged to connect with our Caregiver Lecture Series which includes bedside care and body mechanics demonstration as well as presentations on a broad spectrum of topics including memory loss, driving, legal issues and skilled nursing options.

Upon completion of the assessment testing, the team will provide the patient, referring physician and caregivers with a report of findings and recommendations that may include follow-up testing, referrals to specialists and community-based resource information. The Center can also connect seniors and caregivers with housing options, in-home care, mobility and home safety specialists, support groups, legal resources, palliative and hospice care, fitness and social clubs, volunteer opportunities and much more.

Patients and caregivers can access the program directly or can be referred to the program by their primary care physician. Our assessment tests are covered by Medicare and we accept many insurance plans.

Through the Center for Optimal Aging, we can empower physicians, patients and their families in decision making that can improve the quality of an older person’s life. For more information about the Center for Optimal Aging, visit us online  or call us at 1-888-HEALING (432-5464).

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