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.Geriatric medicine focuses on the unique healthcare concerns of older patients, helping them maintain independence and be well for as long as possible. Since many patient concerns are chronic and overlapping, geriatricians work with interdisciplinary teams to coordinate care. This multi-disciplinary approach treats the whole person and helps patients and families understand their diagnoses and make informed decisions regarding treatment options.
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.
Our geriatric physician, Dr. Mallory Otto, 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. Dr. Otto 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.
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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.