Geriatric Medicine is a subspecialty of medicine which focuses on illnesses in older adults. Our interdisciplinary team consists of Geriatricians, Geriatric consult 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.
Besides dealing with the most complex conditions in frail 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. On top of improving population-based healthcare which enables older adults to age well in the community, we are involved in acute hospital care, transitional care, and work closely with Intermediate and Long Term Care facilities.
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 a whole range of services including Geriatric Assessment Clinics, Falls and Balance Clinics, Memory Clinics, care transition and care coordination, as well as a holistic approach to patient care. All patients referred to our service undergo a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) which includes their medical, functional and psychosocial assessment. 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 health span.
- 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 medications.
- 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 end-of-life decision-making.
- Focusing on population health as a whole – providing health promotion services, healthy ageing advice and working with community partners to enable ageing in place, and extending the health span of our community.