Geriatric Medicine is a subspecialty of medicine which focuses on healthy and active ageing and management of illnesses in older adults. Our interdisciplinary team consists of Geriatricians, Geriatric Resource Nurses, medical social workers, care coordinators, dietitians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. We also work very closely with other specialties such as Orthopaedic Surgery and Medical Oncology.
Besides dealing with the most complex conditions in vulnerable older people in the inpatient and outpatient setting, we promote health and reduce disability in the community through health screening and healthy ageing initiatives such as exercise, nutrition and vaccination programmes. In addition to improving population-based healthcare which enables older adults to age well in the community, we are actively involved in planning Age-Friendly Health Systems and work closely with our community partners.
Apart from clinical work, many of our team members are also actively involved in research, undergraduate and postgraduate education, designing curriculum that enable healthcare professionals to manage the ageing population, and collaborating with both local and international organisations to promote healthy ageing.
We provide person-centric quality care and devise personalised care plans for healthy and active ageing through a whole suite of services. All patients referred to our service undergo a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) which includes their medical, functional and psychosocial assessments. We provide value-based care and focus on outcomes which are important for our patients – enabling them to age in place, preventing functional decline and extending healthspan.
- Devising personalised care plans for healthy
and active ageing with specific focus on reduction of disability and
improved quality of life.
- Managing common conditions that affect older
persons including dementia, falls, urinary incontinence, malnutrition,
osteoporosis, sensory impairment, and depression.
- Recognising the effects of ageing and
underlying illness on clinical health, physical, and mental function.
- Educating the appropriate use of medications
to avoid potential hazards and unintended consequences of multiple
- Coordinating care among other providers to
help patients maintain functional independence outside of the hospital and
improve their overall quality of life.
- Assisting families and other caregivers as
they face decisions about declining capacity and independence as well as