Comprehensive geriatric medical care can help address the physical, psychological, and social impairment that usually accompanies complex medical conditions in older patients.
This is accomplished through a personalized treatment plan that is updated as the patient’s condition changes and coordination among all caregivers and family members to ensure continuity of care.
Throughout the duration of care there is ongoing monitoring of the patient’s condition, referral to palliative care if so indicated, and referral to appropriate agencies upon discharge from healthcare institutions.
Palliative care helps optimize quality of life by addressing the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients suffering from serious illness. PCMA will prepare unique care plans for each patient that includes but are not limited to:
- Identifies the goals of care
- Provides patient with a better understanding of the illness and more control over decisions
- Management of pain of other symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, and nausea
- Increases patient tolerance of medical treatment
- Emphasizes quality of life
- Relieves stress on family members and personal caregivers