Practitioners who provide care to older adults should be aware of these goals and incorporate them into their approach to geriatric care. The overarching goal is to improve the patient experience and provide high quality care at a lower cost. Additionally, geriatric practitioners need to incorporate prevention strategies with a goal of keeping patients and populations healthier.

Conditions We Treat:-

  • Fall Prevention
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Imbalance
  • Generalized Muscle Conditioning

Because older adults tend to have multiple chronic disorders and may also have cognitive, social, or functional problems, they have higher healthcare needs and use a disproportionately large amount of health care resources.

  • People ≥ 65 yr have the highest rate of inpatient hospital stays, more than 2.5 times higher than those 45-64 yr.

  • Medicare has steadily increased its share of cost for non-maternal and non-neonatal inpatient stays to 25.1% for people 45-64 yr and 97% for people 65 yr and older.

  • People 65 yr and older have the greatest per capita use of emergency departments (538.3 visits per 1,000 population).

  • Half of traditional Medicare beneficiaries 65 yr or older spent 14% or more of their total income on out-of-pocket health care costs, with an even greater burden for those over 85 yr.

  • 88% of older adults take at least one prescription drug and 36% take 5 or more prescription drugs.

Because of their multiple chronic illnesses, the elderly are likely to see several health care practitioners and to move from one health care setting to another. Providing consistent, integrated care across specific care settings, sometimes called continuity of care, is thus particularly important for elderly patients. Communication among primary care physicians, specialists, other health care practitioners, and patients and their family members, particularly when patients are transferred between settings, is critical to ensuring that patients receive appropriate care in all settings. Electronic health records may help facilitate communication.

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