Primary care physicians are a good choice when it comes to providing basic health care services, but seniors that are 65 years of age or older may want to consider making the switch to a geriatrician.
Geriatric professionals can provide older adults that are being treated for chronic conditions with specialized care and treatment options.
The Dayton area is home to numerous geriatric practitioners as well as several top-rated hospitals and medical centers. Here’s an overview of geriatric care resources and specialty senior care services available in Dayton.
U.S. News & World Report regularly reviews and ranks almost 5,000 hospitals across the nation and assigns scorecard ratings based on factors such as patient services and safety, nurse staffing, and overall survival rates. The listings include national and regional rankings for metropolitan areas and major cities.
Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton is nationally ranked for the adult specialty of pulmonology and regionally ranked for the state of Ohio. The hospital is rated as “high-performing” for the adult procedures and conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery.
The geriatrics scorecard for Miami Valley Hospital features top scores for nursing standards and staffing, patient services, availability of intensivists, and overall survival rates. Senior services and programs offered by the hospital include an enterostomal rehabilitation center, incontinence management, joint replacement, and a stroke survivor and caregiver support group. Club Horizon provides individuals 55 and older with discounts on dining at the Rubicon Place Cafeteria and Magnolia Place.
Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center is a regionally ranked hospital that earned a “high-performing” rating from U.S. News & World Report for the adult procedures and conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement. The geriatrics scorecard for this hospital gets a checkmark for high nursing standards. A variety of senior services is available that include educational programs and helpful online resources.
Kettering Medical Center in Kettering is a regionally ranked hospital that rated as “high-performing” for the adult procedures and conditions of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement. The geriatrics scorecard for Kettering has high marks for patient services. Senior health care options include rehab services, independent living, and wellness programs through the Years Ahead program.
Kettering Medical Center also has a hospital in Miamisburg, which is rated as “high-performing” for the adult procedure and condition of heart failure. The geriatrics scorecard for this hospital has good marks for patient services. The medical center features intensivists that are available to provide specialty care for intensive unit patients. This hospital is part of the Kettering Health Network that offers a variety of senior services including Years Ahead, which features health screenings and educational programs.
Although geriatric professionals are specialists in their field, these doctors are often included under the categories of internal medicine or primary care physicians on hospital websites. This feature can make it difficult for seniors to find geriatrics. Some resources that you may find helpful include the AARP online search tool and the US News & World Report doctor finder. Other excellent resources include the physician search tool from the American Geriatrics Society and the WebMD’s physician directory.
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