Saratoga Hospital Medical Group - Geriatric Care is dedicated to helping older patients receive the quality of care needed to preserve independence and quality of life.Whether you are making decisions about your own care, or you’re an adult child making decisions for a parent, hospitalization can present quite a challenge. Using a whole-patient approach, our geriatrician offers a range of services specifically designed to improve the hospitalization experience for older patients, helping them feel heard and delivering age-friendly care with respect and compassion.
Geriatricians have special expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of older adults, able to differentiate between conditions arising from the normal aging process and those that are resulting from disease. Our geriatric physician is experienced in working with patients who have many of the conditions common among an older population, such as recurrent falls, trouble with memory or cognitive decline, and navigating the special attention needed for patients with increased frailty. They understand concerns about loss of mobility, sensitivity to illness, and side effects from medications, and is dedicated to helping patients maintain function and independence for as long as possible.
Our geriatrician will also discuss advanced directives with patients and families, answering questions and helping them understand the medical aspects of these important decisions including selecting a healthcare proxy, discussing how they would want their end of life care oriented when the time comes. Working according to the patient’s wishes, our geriatric physician structures patient care to promote the best possible quality of life through the last stages of life, including preparing families and loved ones and being with them every step of the way.
Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Geriatric Care offers our patients a fellowship-trained and double board-certified physician, providing patient-centered care to improve the unique quality of life goals for each of our older hospitalized patients as well as outpatients in the Saratoga Hospital offices located on the Wesley Community campus. Our geriatrician is committed to providing personalized, compassionate care, working closely with a comprehensive care team to formulate a plan of care that is individualized and maximizes quality of life for each patient.
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Our geriatric specialist consults with all the members of your care team to assure your treatment plan represents your unique healthcare goals for an improved quality of life. They also offers limited office hours for consultation to work with your primary care doctors in evaluation and treatment of many common concerns with aging, such as cognitive and memory issues, weight loss, concerns with falling, and risks and benefits of medications.
Our geriatrician will arrange for imaging and labs, helping you understand the various diagnostic tests you may have, explaining how it will be performed and the information it can provide to develop a treatment plan that will help you reach your healthcare goals.
The role of the geriatrician includes helping patients and families understand the medical implications associated with advanced directives, especially in the context of the patient’s wishes.
Our geriatrician will follow your care throughout your stay here at Saratoga Hospital. They will work with you and your provider on your treatment plan, watching for changes and recommending adjustments as needed. For families who have loved ones with dementia or otherwise cannot advocate or make decisions for themselves, our geriatrician will help them through the decision-making process, and how to understand the patient’s wishes.
Our geriatrician works with our palliative care team, which offers a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on providing patients relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness at any stage of treatment. Our goal is to improve quality of life for both patient and family.