Special programs for the seniors in our community
Southwest General's philosophy of care for older adults is unique. It embraces providing special assistance to those who need extra care as they grow older.
Specialized Care When it is Needed
Southwest General provides a variety of services and programs designed for the special needs of our older adult population and those who care for them. These services span a number of hospital departments and include:
Gatekeeper Program.This program identifies and helps the isolated, at-risk aged 60 and older adult in need of physical, mental and/or social services and accesses resources to help him/her.
Geriatric Assessment. Performed by a team of professionals specializing in the care of older adults, this program is an outpatient geriatric assessment that looks at an individual's physical and physiologic needs and develops a plan to address them.
Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit. Located at Southwest General, this 18-bed, short-term inpatient unit is a safe place for older adults who will benefit from individual and group treatment for stabilization of acute psychiatric and behavioral symptoms and crisis.
Memory Clinic. This outpatient clinic evaluates patients who are experiencing the early signs of dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Early diagnosis is key to the establishment of safeguards and planning for the future.
Geriatric Expert Mentors and Geriatric Resource Nurses. This program utilizes a team of highly trained expert nurses who provide a special level of compassionate care for aging patients with common geriatric conditions.
Southwest General Lifeline Program. Lifeline is a subscription service for fast access to highly trained and caring Response Associates at the push of a button 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We Look Forward to Helping
For more information about Southwest General’s special programs for seniors, please call the Geriatric Services office at,440-816-4065, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Of Special Note
Join us for this year's NICHE Symposium, called "Recognizing Needs and Planning Interventions for Older Adults," on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. See documents tab to the right for more information and application. Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Six nursing and six social worker CEUs available.