Geriatric Unit

Geriatric Unit

Appointments

718.250.6100

Location

Main Hospital (B Building), 8th Floor

Languages

Free Interpreter services are available for many different languages.

Insurance

Most major insurance plans are accepted.

The Geriatric Unit includes 37 beds dedicated to the frail elderly, age 65 years and above. The goal of the unit is to deliver multi – disciplinary care that incorporates the very best in medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, nutrition, social services and spiritual support. Recognizing the deep involvement of families in the care of their loved ones, our unit offers a family room and a pantry that is accessible to visitors at all times. The unit recognizes the special needs of the elderly and displays warm colors, stimulating art work, low-rise beds and wheelchair-accessible showers.

All of our staff undergo comprehensive geriatric based education and competency training and our staff education is continuously being updated to ensure the provision of state of the art care in areas including pressure ulcer prevention and management, fall prevention and the reduction of restraint use.

Services Provided

     - Functional assessment of the elderly
     - Medical management
     - Wound care management
     - Early mobilization and rehabilitation
     - Identification of high risk patients for aspiration
     - Psychosocial assessments
     - Multi-denominational spiritual services

Guidelines for Admission to The Geriatric Unit

The geriatric admitting physician/designee will make the decision that the patient meets the criteria detailed below and will arrange with the Admitting Department that the patient be admitted to the Geriatric Unit depending on bed availability.

Typically, patients admitted to the Geriatric Unit have one or more of the following conditions:

     - Alzheimer's disease
     - Altered mental status and/or delirium
     - History of falls or assessed to be at high-risk for falls
     - Failure to thrive and/or malnutrition and/or dehydration
     - Pressure ulcers
     - Aspiration pneumonia

All individuals requiring inpatient care age 65 years and over who are residents of a skilled nursing facility or who are community residents are eligible for admission to the geriatric unit EXCEPT those who require:

     - Ventilator support
     - Telemetry monitoring
     - Intensive Care Unit level of care
     - Immediate post operative surgical care

Personnel

Yonette Davis, MD, Chief of Geriatrics
Brenda Arthur, RN, Patient Care Manager (718.250.8800)
Analisa Garcia RN, Nursing Home Liaison (718.250.8196)

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