What is a Geriatric Unit?
This is the unit that deals and addresses problems and diseases of the elderly in the prevention and management of the aging process, covering medical, functional, cognitive, psychological and social aspects.
What goals does Geriatrics?
Our priority is to get the highest possible level of autonomy and independence to provide a self-sufficient life at home and full integration in their usual environment. To achieve this it is necessary to:
- To detect “geriatric syndromes” (dementia, falls, incontinence, malnutrition, ..).
- To avoid side effects from polypharmacy.
- To advice to families and carers.
What does the Geriatric Unit do?
CMI has a number of resources of interest:
- A full geriatric assessment is carried out by a team of professionals in the field, including nutrition, organ evaluations, oral health, geriatric syndromes, etc.: Following this, a plan of care that deals with all the aspects of health care is indicated.
- Assessment of functional abilities.
- Mental evaluation test. Based on the cognitive and affective problems of the elderly. Cognitive and mental test.
- Social assessment taking into consideration the particular family situation and social needs of each person.
Which team integrates Unit?
The team members are:
- Geriatrics specilist: Medical specialist with extensive knowledge of the typical changesl of aging. He/she will coordinate the therapeutic care plan.
- Internist: physician responsible for the periodic checks at home.
- Neurologist: involved in the diagnosis of degenerative clinical entities such as dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer.
- Neuropsychologist: p: allows to identify cognitive deficits and behavioral alterations.
- Nutricionist: a healthy nutritional status contributes to improve functional and mental state of the individual.