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Division of Geriatric Medicine & Palliative Care

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Jefferson Geriatrics is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated care for older adults.  Our doctors are certified in family medicine and geriatric medicine, and see patients 55 years old and up.

Jefferson Geriatrics:

Meets a Growing Need

  • The population is dramatically aging.
  • Those age 65 and older currently comprise approximately 13% of the population, but by 2040, are expected to comprise more than 20%.  The number of those age 85 and older is expanding even more rapidly.

Provides Comprehensive, Coordinated Care

  • Jefferson Geriatrics is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home - where a team-based health delivery model is used to provide comprehensive and continuous medical care.
  • We provide primary care or consultation services.

Offers Clinical Programs for Older Adults

  • Geriatric Assessments: interprofessional, comprehensive evaluation of geriatric issues including dementia, frailty, multiple comorbidities and functional decline.
  • Falls Assessment: interprofessional, comprehensive evaluation of risk factors for falling with individualized care plan to reduce future risk of falling.
  • Clinical Pharmacist Services: evaluation and management of issues pertaining to medications including adherence, polypharmacy, and medication side effects.
  • Home Visits: for homebound elderly patients.
  • Clinical Trials: ongoing clinical trials open to older adults.  Current trials involve mild cognitive impairment and shingles vaccine.
  • Medicare Wellness Exams
  • Telehealth Visits
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The mission of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care is to maximize the health and quality of life of older persons and those with serious illness by partnering with patients, families and communities.

What is Palliative Care?

  • Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses.
  • It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness - whatever the diagnosis.
  • The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
  • Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work together with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.
  • It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. (www.capc.org Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) defining palliative care.  Accessed on 4/8/13)

Is Palliative Care the same as Hospice?

No - they are different.  Palliative are is a broader term and can be applied earlier in the course of illness for a patient.  Hospice is a specific type of end of life care and is a change in insurance benefit.  People getting palliative care are often referred for hospice care at the end of life.

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