If regular doctors visits have been a part of your routine most of your life, you’re well on your way to taking care of your health as you age. You should certainly continue getting check-ups, but after the age of 65, you should also consider switching from your regular doctor to a geriatric physician. These doctors are highly trained in the unique health conditions that seniors face as they age and can make sure you get the best care possible.
Along with geriatric physicians, it’s also important to have medical facilities that cater to the needs of the elderly. In the Madison metro area, there are a few facilities that have been nationally and regionally ranked for their geriatric services. This includes doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals that serve the senior community. Here is a look at a few of these places in Madison and the surrounding neighborhoods.
It can be time-consuming to thoroughly research every hospital in the area to find one that works for you needs so US News and World Report has already done the work. In major cities across the country, they have looked at over 5000 hospitals and ranked them. The number one hospital in Wisconsin also happens to be located in Madison. The University of Wisconsin Hospital has been nationally ranked in ten of their adult specialties. Nationwide, they are ranked number thirty for their geriatrics department as well as top nephrology, urology, and neurology departments.
The University of Wisconsin Hospital has a high performing diabetes and endocrinology unit and they have also gotten high marks for hip and knee replacement. Their geriatrics department performs one on one comprehensive assessments of all seniors 65 and older and focuses on specific issues like gait, falls, nutrition, memory loss, and osteoporosis. Their acute care for elder patients (ACE) focuses on helping hospitalized seniors get the proper care while there.
Mercy Health Hospital is the number seven hospital in Wisconsin and the Madison metro area, and it’s located about 30 miles outside of Madison in Janesville, Wisconsin. Their urology department has gotten high performance ratings and they have top marks for dealing with COPD and heart failure. They have a transition center that is a long-term care facility for patients that don’t need to be in the hospital but still need some care as well as a stroke care center and a joint replacement center.
St. Mary’s Hospital comes in as the number seven hospital in Wisconsin and the Madison metro area and has a high performance rating with COPD patients and handling heart failure. Their geriatrics has services for seniors that include an adult day care center, the GoldenCare. This program allows seniors to get free health screenings, and a skilled nursing facility is located on the hospital campus.
Meriter Hospital is ranked as the number eight hospital in Wisconsin and Madison and they have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). They have high performance ratings for COPD and heart failure and their geriatrics department has a better than expected survival rate of patients over the age of 75. You can find doctors at any one of their seven clinic locations around Wisconsin.
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital has also been accredited by the CARF and they have been serving veterans for over 35 years. They have a dedicated geriatrics department that provides primary care, mental health checks, memory care, and inpatient consultations.
While you might have a hard time finding a geriatrician through a hospital’s website, places like Health in Aging and US News and World Report both have doctor finders that will allow you to search for geriatric physicians in your area. You can also talk to friends and family to get suggestions for doctors they like in your neighborhood.
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