GERIATRIC CARE

GERIATRIC CARE

Geriatric care is a healthcare specialty that focuses on the health and wellbeing of our elderly and aging population. At Conroe Family Doctor, we specialize in treating and preventing diseases and disabilities commonly found in older populations, all with the compassion and care that you’d expect from your physician. It addresses the complex needs of elderly people, focusing on health promotion and the prevention and treatment of disease and disability in the aging patient. Comprehensive healthcare of the aging patient takes place in ambulatory, acute, and long-term care settings, and is usually provided by a multidisciplinary team whose members may include a primary care physician like a family doctor, hospitalists, home health nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, and other medical physician specialists. Your family doctor can act as the coordinator of the multidisciplinary team.

WHY DO I NEED A SPECIALIST?

While your physician is likely well-qualified to treat you right now, a geriatric healthcare specialist should be a part of your care plan as you age. As you get older, your body changes and the way diseases and illnesses manifest is different than how they do when you’re younger.

The physiological changes you experience as you age increases the difficulty that comes with diagnosing and treating diseases. A geriatric care specialist will know what to look for, questions to ask when treating you, and the best plans for treating your unique symptoms and circumstances. We also understand how various medications interact with each other and can ensure you don’t experience any adverse medicinal interactions.

WHAT’S THE AVERAGE AGE SOMEONE STARTS TO RECEIVE GERIATRIC CARE?

While there’s no set age at which someone should start seeing a physician that specializes in elderly healthcare, the generally accepted age is about 65 years old. If, however, you have a family history of geriatric healthcare issues that tend to show up earlier than 65, you might want to start seeing a specialist earlier.

WHAT ELSE CAN THESE SPECIALISTS HELP WITH?

As you age, your geriatric care physician can help guide you and your family through important and often hard decisions we all have to make. Our goal is to educate patients and their families on end of life issues, quality of life, independence, and how and when to progress through skilled nursing and other treatment facilities.

With your permission, we can also work with your spouse and children, so they understand your healthcare needs, our plans for your treatment, and how they can best support you.

RECOMMENDING SPECIALISTS

Here at Conroe Family Doctor, we have extensive relationships with other geriatric healthcare specialists, including geriatric oncologists, geriatric nephrologist, and geriatric dentistry. Our established relationships with these providers will ensure you get the best care possible, so you can enjoy retirement and a happy, healthy life. And, you can rest confident that you’ll be in great hands with specialists who understand your health issues and how your life stage might impact them.

Contact our team to schedule your appointment or get answers to any questions you have. We would love to be a part of your healthcare planning and helping you live the best life possible.

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