Bon Secours Geriatric Care provides geriatric consultations to those over age 65 with:
- Dementia, delirium, or cognitive changes (wandering, hallucinations, etc.)
- Issues affecting independence (falls, daily self-care activities, debility)
- Medical needs complicated by geriatric issues
- Polypharmacy (use of multiple prescription medications)
- Emotional status concerns such as depression or anxiety
- Failure to thrive, cachexia, malnutrition, loss of body weight
- Agitated or aggressive behavior
- Family caregiver concerns
- Issues of competence
- Frequent hospitalizations or noncompliance with medications
- Advance directive concerns or questions in regards to the aging patient
- Comprehensive geriatric assessment
- Length of stay greater then 7 days in the hospital
- Fracture evaluation for metabolic recommendations and workup i.e., osteoporosis
- Transitions of care
Geriatric consultations are available at the Bon Secours Geriatric Care office, as well as to inpatients at ST. FRANCIS downtown and ST. FRANCIS eastside.
The consultations are administered by a board-certified Geriatrician, a physician with an Internal Medicine or Family Medicine background who has received additional training in conditions specific to aging. Geriatricians are experts in geriatric assessment and rehabilitation, preventive medicine, management of patients in long-term care settings, and psycho-social, ethical, legal, and economic issues pertinent to geriatric patients.
A Geriatrician specialist works as a team with the patient's primary care physician to help take the best care of problems associated with aging.
specialized care for the elderly
Because of their special training, Geriatricians typically provide care for frail older people who have the most complicated medical and social problems. However, for elderly patients that are strong and healthy, a Geriatrician can help them maintain the best possible health in collaboration of care with their primary care physician. Just like a cardiologist manages the health of a patient’s heart along with the primary care physician, a Geriatrician addresses conditions specific to eldery patients in conjunction with the primary care physician.
geriatric consultation referrals
A referral from the patient's Primary Care Physician is required. To make a referral by phone, please call 864-365-0260. To fax a referral, please send to: 864-365-0265.