We all know that regular checkups from a good primary care doctor are important to maintaining our health. But as we get older, even our primary care needs change. Once you reach age 65, it’s a good idea to switch to a geriatrician for regular care, especially if you have a chronic condition or multiple conditions that require careful management.
Luckily for Dallas seniors, the city is home to dozens of geriatric medicine practitioners. Several of the city’s nationally and regionally recognized hospitals and medical centers also offer specialty senior care that includes geriatric physicians, nurses, and social workers. Here’s a rundown of some of the geriatric care resources and outstanding specialty care available in and around Dallas.
Dallas hospitals with senior care and specialty services
US News and World Report ranks more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide and creates ranking lists for each major city. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Baylor University Medical Center leads the list. The teaching hospital earned national rankings for its diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and related surgery, and neurology and neurosurgery specialties. It also ranked as “high performing” in geriatrics.
Baylor provides geriatric care services at 4 Metroplex locations. The Baylor Geriatrics Center Dallas near the University Medical Center offers primary care and screening for common conditions. The doctors there can help you manage chronic health conditions and refer you to specialists within the Baylor system. Other Baylor senior care centers are located in Fort Worth, Garland and Mesquite.
UT Southwestern Medical Center, another teaching hospital, is nationally ranked for geriatrics and cancer treatment, with high performing ranking in urology, gynecology, and neurology. At UT Southwestern Medical Center, geriatricians offer primary care for patients over age 64, including regular checkups and screenings to track and maintain your health over time. Seniors age 70 and up may be eligible to get primary care at home through the medical center’s Senior House Calls program.
Doctors there can also arrange a comprehensive geriatric assessment, which involves bringing the patient in for a team evaluation by a geriatrician, social worker, and nurse practitioner to determine the patient’s current condition and make a plan for care. This is typically done for older adults with complicated or progressive health issues like dementia, bone loss and mobility challenges.
Parkland Memorial Hospital is a teaching hospital with a regional “high performing” ranking in nephrology. Parkland also provides house calls along with geriatric primary care services at 6 clinics in the Metroplex.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is regionally ranked as high performing for geriatrics and orthopedics and for treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and heart failure. It’s also ranked “high performing” for hip and knee replacements.
Medical City Dallas Hospital is regionally ranked as “high performing” in orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, and COPD and heart failure treatment.
Finding a geriatrician in Dallas
Locating a geriatric medicine provider isn’t always as simple as looking for the geriatrics department on the hospital web site. Many hospitals group geriatrics within primary care, so check out the hospital’s primary care section first and then you may find the geriatricians. You can also use the physician search tool from the American Geriatrics Society or the US News & World Report Doctor Finder. And of course, talk to friends and neighbors to get their recommendations on local senior care providers.
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