If you have been getting regular check-ups your whole life and are now over the age of 65, it might be time to think about switching from your regular doctor to a geriatric physician. A geriatrician is highly trained to deal with all the health issues and conditions that could occur as you begin to age. This is important if you already have a chronic disease or condition that requires careful monitoring.
Miami and the surrounding metro area has some of the best senior health care options, including facilities that have been nationally ranked and recognized. Here you can find care that is tailored to seniors and services that can keep you healthy for a long time to come. These are just a few places in Miami that you can begin your search.
Over 5,000 hospitals and medical facilities across the country have been ranked by major cities by the US News and World Report. Miami is home to the number one hospital in the metro area, Baptist Hospital of Miami. They are also the number six hospital in the state of Florida and have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Their geriatrics unit has been ranked as high performing along with neurology, neurosurgery, pulmonology, and ear, nose, and throat.
A few of their procedures have also gotten high performance ratings including COPD, heart bypass surgery, and hip and knee replacement. Their senior services include dining discounts, senior exercise classes, entry into the Dadeland Mall walking club, and free admission to most of the community wellness programs.
Holy Cross Hospital is the number two hospital in the Miami metro area and is located in Fort Lauderdale. They have gotten high performance for conditions and procedures like heart bypass surgery, handling heart failure, COPD, and hip and knee replacement. They have top performing stroke and cardiovascular programs and they also offer home health visits to patients that aren’t able to leave their houses.
Mount Sinai Medical Center is located in Miami Beach and the number four hospital in the Miami metro area as well as the number twelve hospital in the state of Florida. Their knee replacement surgery has gotten high performance rankings and so has their ability to handle heart failure and COPD. They also have a geriatric house call program, various psychiatry/behavioral health programs for seniors, and their Wien Center For Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders offers free memory screenings.
Broward Health Medical Center located in Fort Lauderdale is the number six hospital in the Miami metro area. They have gotten high performance rankings for their nephrology department as well as their handling heart failure. They offer senior fitness classes and state of the art joint replacement and cardiovascular centers.
You usually cannot look up geriatric doctors online at each hospital’s website, so you have to go elsewhere to find a geriatric physician in your area. US News and World Report has a doctor finder tool and Health in Aging also provides a search tool to locate geriatric physicians in your area. Don’t forget to talk with your regular doctor for a referral and ask trusted friends or family in your neighborhood for suggestions.
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