Caring for an older adult or someone with complex medical needs is hard work. Summa Health System is proud to assist with the resources and medical services your loved ones may need.
Our Senior Health Center is nationally acclaimed for its model of care for seniors at every level of care. We provide an integrated approach that enhances the quality of care and access to services allowing older adults to remain independent as long as possible. The team at Summa Health works together using their collective professional expertise to find solutions that will have the best results for you and your loved ones. We offer inpatient and outpatient care and other senior healthcare services in the following areas:
The goal of your first visit will be to complete a geriatric assessment and establish a care plan- an "action plan" for future medical care. The plan will:
The collaborative care team often suggests care alternatives you might not have considered. Their training, experience and familiarity with the resources available in the Ohio community make them a valuable asset in making decisions about eldercare.
After the first visit, Summa’s geriatricians will communicate with the patient’s primary care physician to share the team’s findings and discuss how to implement the team’s recommendations.
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Even if you are not concerned about a specific problem your elderly loved one is having, a geriatric assessment may be appropriate. This is simply a comprehensive look at the medical, functional, social and cognitive needs and abilities of a patient by a provider and a social worker. Many times our patients and families refer to this as a “baseline.”
Sometimes we uncover fixable problems, for example, incontinence or constipation that the patient has assumed is normal. Sometimes we are able to streamline a medication list. All the time we are able to provide education and support to patients and their families that are in this caregiving journey.
While memory loss is common in older adults, it should not be considered “normal.” If you notice a problem in your loved one, it is important to have this evaluated.
At the Summa Health Senior Health Center, we are able to perform this evaluation. To assess memory loss, it is important to do the following:
After this evaluation, we will provide you with as specific of a diagnosis as possible and make treatment recommendations. It is important that patients with dementia (memory loss severe enough to affect function) get treated early for several reasons:
To learn more about memory loss or to make an appointment, please call 330.375.4100.
Summa Health has created an assessment to determine if it's time to see a geriatrician. Click here to access the assessment; it only takes two minutes to complete.
For more information about our senior healthcare services, or to make an appointment at the Summa Health Senior Health Center, call 330.375.4100.