The Department of Geriatric Medicine at Changi General Hospital looks after the health care needs of the elderly, i.e. patients who are 65 years or older. Due to aging, they are more likely to require attention in many areas of their lives that could affect their wellbeing. In addition to medical problems, nursing, functional, psychological, social, environmental and financial issues often co-exist. Chronological age is not the only measure used to decide whether a patient requires the care of a geriatrician (specialist in medicine of old age). These older persons usually also have one or more of the following problems:
Elderly patients tend to have more than one medical, functional and care problem. To consult a different specialist for each medical problem can be very confusing. Geriatricians, therefore, work alongside a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of nurses, therapists, pharmacists and medical social workers to coordinate the care needs of older patients and their families, and advise them on the optimal utilization of the various support services available in the community.
It is our aim to restore the independence of our patients, so that they can continue to do as many things for themselves as possible. We hope to enhance the quality and dignity of their lives.
Geriatric Medicine provides the following services:
The Geriatric Day Hospital, which is housed in the Geriatric Centre, provides intensive rehabilitation programmes for elderly persons, under the supervision of geriatricians. The patient's caregiver (i.e. a family member or maid) can also be trained here in home care for the elderly.
The Geriatric Centre provides specialist outpatient treatment for our patients after discharge from the wards at our Geriatric Specialist Outpatient Clinics (listed below). Patients can also be referred here by General Practitioners (GPs) and polyclinics for specialist assessment and management.
This is a Ministry of Health framework where geriatricians work alongside medical and nursing staff in designated nursing homes and community hospitals affiliated to Changi General Hospital, Singapore.
CGH-affiliated nursing homes include the Peacehaven Nursing Home, Lions Home for the Elders and Grace Lodge. St Andrews Community Hospital is a CGH-affiliated community hospital. Geriatricians will visit these institutions on a regular basis to review patients’ medical conditions and to optimise their care.
Patients benefit from the convenience of not having to go to the hospital to receive specialised healthcare, thus doing away with ambulance transfers and waiting times in the hospital. This arrangement also prevents unnecessary hospital admissions.
Read here about our Community Psychogeriatric Programme (CPGP) to improve the mental health of the elderly living in Singapore.
Please click here for the CPGP referral form.
Click here to read our 2016-2017 Annual Report.
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