Geriatric medicine offers a unique approach to primary healthcare focused on the needs of seniors. The primary focus of this specialty is to maximize our patientís functional abilities, while attempting to maximize opportunities of independent living as one ages. Falls and taking medications incorrectly by patients are the two greatest risk factors that can steal independence from an individual.
Our goal is to keep people in their home environments as much as possible and, when it is safe to do so. Recommendations for physical therapy for fall prevention should a person have instability when walking or standing or even if there is difficulty with just standing up from a chair should be considered. Further, helping to establish care plans to reduce medication administration errors and drug-drug interactions are also crucial for success.
Geriatricians are specialized in helping to assess and balance quality of life issues with the risks of any possible tests or treatments. Some tests can be quite uncomfortable and pose their own unique risks and complications for older individuals, such that the risk of some advanced tests or procedures may actually exceed the value of the information obtained or the outcome desired. Our geriatric physicians carefully assess each person in order to recognize the special needs of older adults. By listening to each of our patientís complaints, your physician can recognize subtle details that can indicate a greater problem.
The older population, more than any other group of patients, needs to know that we, their doctors, are there for them at all times.