Preventative health care is an important step to overall wellness, even more so as we age. Seniors that are 65 years of age or older that are being treated for chronic health conditions by a primary care physician many want to consider making the switch to a geriatric professional.
Geriatricians are trained to provide specialized medical care for older adults. The Fresno area is home to numerous geriatric practitioners as well as several top-rated hospitals and medical centers. Here’s an overview of available specialty health care services and resources for seniors in the Fresno area.
Almost 5,000 hospitals and medical centers are periodically reviewed and ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The listings include national and regional rankings for major cities and metropolitan areas across the country. Factors that determine overall scores include patient services, patient safety, nursing standards and staffing, and survival rates.
Community Regional Medical Center is rated as “high-performing” for the adult procedure and condition of heart failure. The hospital’s geriatrics scorecard got good marks for patient services, nurse staffing, and the availability of intensivists to provide specialized care for intensive care patients. Services available at the medical center include cardiovascular care, dietary and nutrition, orthopedics and joint replacement, and home health and palliative care programs.
Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center is rated by U.S. News & World Report as “high-performing” for the adult procedure and condition of heart failure. Kaiser’s geriatric scorecard was awarded top marks for patient safety preventative measures. The medical center also received a “best” score for nurse staffing. Senior health services provided by Kaiser include a variety of online resources that include health living tips, caregiving, emotional wellness, and information about independent living.
Saint Agnes Medical Center is a regionally ranked hospital for the state of California that rates as “high-performing” for the adult procedures and conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement. This medical center’s geriatric scorecard got good marks for patient services and the availability of intensivists that provide specialized services for intensive care patients.
The online Health & Wellness Senior Center on the Saint Agnes Medical Center site has a wide variety of resources that provide helpful information on numerous health care topics. The Health Library includes guides for information about arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes. There is also information about Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, memory loss, vision problems, and more. Seniors can learn more about tests and treatment programs and get healthy living tips.
Health care websites occasionally group their specialist doctors such as geriatricians in with other categories such as internal medicine or family practitioners, which can make it difficult to find them. You can use the US News & World Report doctor finder or the AARP online search tool to find a geriatric professional in Fresno. The physician search tool from the American Geriatrics Society and WebMD’s physician directory are also excellent resources.
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