Inevitably, we all need increasing amounts of medical care as we age.
The routine medical exams that served so well in our 30’s and 40’s are no longer sufficient to ensure that we are healthy and functioning well.
Past the age of 65, you should switch to a doctor who specializes in elder care for both routine check-ups and to monitor any chronic conditions from which you may suffer.
Fortunately, Charlotte has a plethora of options for quality senior care. The city of Charlotte hosts many geriatric medicine doctors, nurses and social workers to care for the needs of Charlotte’s senior community.
Novant Health Senior Care is a department of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center that offers comprehensive health services aimed at keeping people 50 and over independent and promoting their optimal health.
In 2011, 75 physicians from the Novant Medical Group, the physician network affiliated with Presbyterian Healthcare and Novant Health, were named to the Best Doctors list for North Carolina. Only 5 percent of doctors nationwide are selected as Best Doctors.
One of the 50 top ranked geriatric care hospitals nationwide is the Carolinas Medical Center, according to U.S. News and World Report. They provide better than average nurse staffing, and the Carolinas Medical Center was recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for high nursing standards in 2016.
Carolinas Medical Center also serves as the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and is an approved transplant center for heart, kidney, pancreas, and liver.
The Carolinas Medical Center – Pineville is a 229 bed hospital in Charlotte, NC that is rated high-performing in 4 adult procedures/conditions by U.S. News and World Report best regional hospitals ranking.
Carolinas Medical Center – Pineville is rated high performing for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement surgeries.
The Carolinas Specialty Hospital in Charlotte is an acute long-term care hospital with 40 beds. They aren’t nationally ranked, and little information is available regarding the geriatric services and specialty care they may provide.
Finding a quality geriatric care physician in Charlotte isn’t a simple matter. Not every hospital will list geriatric care services as a separate department.
Your best bet will be to research a hospital’s primary care section first to locate your choices for a physician who specializes in providing care for people aged 65 and over.
The American Geriatrics Society has a handy physician search tool you can use to find the doctor you need. U.S. News and World Report also provides an easy to use Doctor Finder to point you in the right direction.
Ask people you know such as friends, family, and neighbors. Listen to their recommendations and use the information as a springboard for your own research.
Diligently research all the available options to find the best geriatric care services convenient to you. You’ll be rewarded with greater health and comfort in your golden years.
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