Over the past few decades there has been a rapid increase in the number of elderly people with an estimate that by 2050, 20% of the world’s population will be older than 65 years. In India the aged population is the second largest in the world it is estimated that the proportion of elderly in India will increase from 77% in 2001 to about 11% by 2020. This process is a challenge for societies to learn to deal with new health challenges
In keeping with global trends, PSG Hospitals has started their exclusive Geriatric services, which offer comprehensive geriatric assessment, and treatment services to their door step by regular check up, camps and telemedicine services for elderly patients aged 60 years and above.
This will be unique of its kind which will give utmost care by early triage of elderly from reception towards respective services which will save upon their time as well reduce waiting period and offer quality health care on both out-patient and in-patient basis.
Comprehensive Geriatric assessment is being done by a dedicated Geriatric team. Palliative care services and home care services will be provided after Geriatric assessment. Special advice on preventive practices, health care and vaccination is offered to all the patients.
Some of the rules that the patients should follow towards good health are:
- Hypertension, diabetes, obstructive airway disease, osteoarthritis, cancers are common illnesses associated with ageing for comprehensiveness towards good health. Assessment and individually tailored treatment is essential -Keep in touch with your Geriatrician.
- Health is wealth eat healthy food to keep strong
- Sedentary lifestyle hastens vascular problems.
- Regular exercise tailored to your needs will help you fit –The Physiotherapist will do it for you.
- Don’t meddle with your ears – you will injure the ear. ENT surgeon will help you check once in 6 months
- Cataract or glaucoma will reduce your visual acuity. Timely intervention will help you in a long way.
- Bones get brittle with age and cause easy fractures. Assessment and adequate treatment helps keep your bones and joints healthy.
- Good oral hygiene is essential. Regular dental check up mandatory.
Comprehensive Geriatric care l offers medical services in various domains of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment such as Medical, Functional (physical and social), Cognitive, Affective, Social Support, Environmental, Economic Factors, Improve Quality of life with support from multidisciplinary geriatric teams
The services offered at PSG – Department Of Geriatric Medicine are OP and IP Services in which they offer Geriatric services for both out patients & in patients in the institutions implemented by offering elderly care by a multi-disciplinary dedicated team comprising of Geriatrician., Physiotherapist, Nutritionist, Nurse Care, Manager and Counsellor. For outpatients, , early triage with separate waiting room with facility for blood collection , chest X ray, ECG and ECHO facility, USG and consultation with respective specialists.
Health checkups are conducted to increase the health awareness & the importance of early detection of diseases, two types of health check-ups such as PSG SSH Senior Citizens Health Check I Basic package (Basic work up) and PSG SSH senior citizens Health check ii Extended package (Advanced work up)
Vaccination at PSG MY clinic is intended to prevent vaccine preventable diseases, the use of vaccination was promoted. As per World Health Organization guidelines, vaccination is promoted for pneumococcal disease & influenza in senior citizen especially in those who had some co morbid condition like COPD, Asthma, Congestive Cardiac Failure, Diabetes Mellitus, chronic kidney Diseases, Chronic Liver Diseases, people on Immunosuppressive drugs, Frailty, people with history of obstructive sleep apnoea & susceptible to nocturnal aspirations. Besides these Tdap & Zoster vaccines are also offered
Public Health Activities and Telemedicine activities are taken up on periodic basis at all senior citizen homes in and around Coimbatore to impart health education on different aspects of physical, mental, spiritual, psychological wellbeing
Palliative And Home Care Services are offered for elderly at home to prevent frequent hospital visits and provide home visits by trained team under guidance of the geriatrician.