The term geriatric care refers to healthcare services specifically related to the unique needs of the elderly population in both medical and non-medial capacities. Many people do not recognize the need for this type of care for their aging loved ones until they have some type of health crisis, especially requiring a hospital stay, where it becomes apparent that an individual needs more assistance during their day-to-day life. However, you do not need to wait for an emergency situation to access geriatric care.
Types of Geriatric Care
Though geriatric care is related to healthcare, there are both medical and non-medical services to assist older individuals with the areas of daily life where they are struggling.
Medical geriatric care services often address physical health needs and may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, dialysis, medical assessments, and more.
Non-medical geriatric care services often relate to care needed in the home to support elderly individuals who need assistance in areas like meal preparation, driving and transportation, social interaction, hygienic care, and more.
Geriatric Care Access
The referral for geriatric care can come from a number of health professionals who can connect you with a geriatric care manager. The geriatric care manager is often a nurse or social worker who works with you to create a support plan for your loved one’s individual needs, taking into account how these may change and develop. If someone has more complicated or varied needs, they may be set up with a geriatric care team to make sure they are getting the right types of support.
Geriatric care can be found in a variety of locations depending on the individual and the types of geriatric care and services they need based on their capabilities and struggles.
Home care offers a way for people who need some minor supports to live independently in their own home for as long as they are safely able. This may include things like meal delivery services, help with hygiene care, supporting social interaction, transportation assistance.
Hospital care can be for a one time illness or injury needing close medical supervision and care. This can be shorter or longer term depending on the severity of the issue. Geriatric care can also be a part of more routine appointments and check ups.
Care Facilities range in need from adult daycare where older adults can go during the day to access services and care. There are also residential care facilities like nursing homes and assisted-living centers where seniors can live for more full-time support.
Hospice is a specific type of care whose goal is to provide comfort for those who are approaching the end of their life.
If you are looking into geriatric care for a loved one, the care managers at CJ & Associates Care Consulting are available to answer your questions. Call us today for more information or to make an appointment.