As we age, new health issues often affect our lifestyle and our well-being. Older adults have a unique set of medical challenges and a unique set of needs. Reading Hospital’s Geriatric Center is here to help seniors and their families understand these unique challenges and learn how to cope with them.
Our goal is to provide older individuals with the ability to enjoy good health, improve overall quality of life, reduce the need for hospitalization or long-term care, as well as live independently for as long as possible.
Senior Assessment Program
We are the only senior assessment program in the area. As a result, we help ensure a high quality of life throughout the senior years. We listen to seniors and their families and address issues that are often overlooked by the medical system.
A request for a senior assessment is appropriate for anyone (primarily age 65 and above) who is experiencing:
- Alzheimer's and other dementia symptoms
- Physical or emotional health problems
- Memory loss
- Unexpected weight loss
- Depression or anxiety
- Frequent falls, balance issues or difficulty walking
- Behavioral changes
- Episodes of confusion
- Problems with self-care
- Safety issues
- Concerns about driving
Often what looks like Alzheimer’s or dementia may be the result of medication interactions or other health problems. A senior assessment helps determine the root cause so the right treatment can begin.
Comprehensive Team and Care
A multidisciplinary team of senior health experts – geriatricians, geriatric psychiatrists, and clinical social workers – completes a comprehensive assessment that considers all the patient’s medical, psychological and social needs with the goal to improve and maintain not only the health but also the functioning and quality of life for the patient.
- Inpatient and outpatient geriatric consults - Assisting the primary team in taking care of complex medical issues in older adults
- Nursing home care - Taking care of the patient in the nursing home and providing medical directorship
Patient and Family Education
We provide educational materials about resources available in the community to assist with additional support. We also discuss living wills, advance medical directives, and power of attorney.