Chronic Disease & Elderly Care
Geriatric medicine is a discipline where specially trained physicians evaluate and manage the unique healthcare needs and preferred treatments of ageing people. Geriatricians are board-certified physicians who have extra training and certification in working with the elderly. They work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and social workers to provide complete healthcare for elderly people.
The staff at Oxford Village Medical Centre are proud to say we are experienced at providing top-quality care for the geriatric community, which has complicated medical and social requirements. Older adults have special healthcare needs that can make their medical care more complicated. More than half of adults age 65 and older have multiple medical problems, such as:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- High blood pressure
- Prescription Management
Caring for ageing people with multiple health problems can be tricky, even for healthcare professionals who specialise in geriatrics. For example, prescribing medications for a patient with multiple health problems is more complex because taking multiple medications can cause problematic drug interactions and side effects. Our on-site pharmacists can make prescription management as straightforward as possible.
Older bodies don’t move like they used to. Injuries and the ageing process itself can require physical therapy to keep a body limber. Oxford Village Medical Centre is prepared to provide basic physical therapy to seniors who need it most, and refer cases to trusted physical therapists.
Obviously, our bodies change as we age. Seniors have very different nutritional needs than children, young adults, and even middle-aged adults. Age-related changes affect the ways a body processes food, which influences your dietary needs and appetite changes. Seniors require a balance of high-fibre foods and healthy fats. The staff at OVMC are prepared to counsel seniors on their evolving nutritional needs.
Mental and Social Needs
Growing older isn’t easy. While there are benefits such as increased freedom and the ability to retire, many seniors are faced with new challenges such as changing relationships, mental illness and health problems. Mental illnesses such as depression, memory problems and eating disorders are common in the elderly population. Luckily, the staff at OVMC are trained to identify and help manage these issues in a sensitive manner.
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