What is Geriatric Care?
Geriatric care is the branch of healthcare that specializes in treating people as they age, physically and mentally each in a unique way depending on the needs of the patient. Professional geriatric providers help the elderly maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age and help manage their independence and keep them motivated to continue life. Managing the patient's symptoms and providing activities for daily living including diet, exercise, and social engagements all contribute to the emotional well-being of the elderly. Geriatric nurses are educated to understand and treat the often complex physical and mental health needs of older people. They try to help their patients protect their health and cope with changes in their mental and physical abilities, so older people can stay independent and active as long as possible.
Many of the medical conditions and symptoms that our elderly loved ones have to live with can now be managed better than ever before. Advances in diagnostics, imaging, medications and patient learning can ease pain and discomfort while bringing stability and confidence back to the family caregivers.
There are 5 “M”’s in geriatric care, which are the key areas geriatric focus on in their patients, the three most significant are
Mobility- impaired walking, fall prevention, and the amount of mobility the patient should be having
Mind- most commonly dementia and depression
Medications- managing the medications they are taking and their side effects
Why is Geriatric Care Important?
Geriatric Care is important because it helps the patients mind and body age easily and more calmly, and also helps them maintain their levels of happiness, motivation and independence preventing them from the feeling of loneliness, which according to researchers is more lethal than smoking 15 cigarettes per day. And lonely people are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those in healthy social active relationships.
Clinica Medica Familiar is a family practice offering primary care services for the entire family including; OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Geriatrics. We specialize in Chronic diseases and that is offering Covid vaccines in our three locations: Magnolia, Mead Valley, and Montclair. Please call us at 855-505-7467 to schedule you today or visit our website https://www.clinicamedicafamiliardrrios.com/booking-calendar
Clinica Medica Familiar is NOW offering Telemedicine (Telehealth/video call) and Flu Shots. Please call us at 855-505-7467 to learn more about these amazing services and bilingual providers, we are now providing services throughout Corona, Montclair, Riverside, Perris, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore, Temecula, and Indio.