What age is a geriatric patient

We answer the ten most important patient questions about geriatrics.

1. What is geriatrics?

Geriatrics is a specialty of medicine that deals with diseases and their peculiarities in older people. Typical malfunctions in old age are the four geriatric is:

  • intellectual degradation
  • immobility
  • instability
  • Incontinence

Geriatric treatment can be provided in the hospital, in a geriatric rehab facility, or at home.

2. How does geriatric rehabilitation differ from other rehabilitation?

The concept of geriatric medicine is interdisciplinary, as several diseases often occur at the same time in old age. Multimorbidity requires specialist knowledge that goes beyond the boundaries of the individual medical specialties. Nursing staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists and social workers work in geriatric teams, usually under internal management.

3. When is geriatric rehab the right choice?

Geriatric patients are usually 70 years of age or older, but age alone is not important. Even multimorbid (multiple illnesses) 60-year-olds can take advantage of geriatric rehab.

4. What role do relatives play in geriatric rehab?

Relatives play an important role both in applying for geriatric rehab and in therapy. They support the patient and should also be included in the decision-making processes and therapy during rehab.

5. Which doctor is the right contact person for geriatric rehab?

Doctors with an additional qualification or a focus on geriatrics, these are usually internists or general practitioners. Not all general practitioners are familiar with geriatric rehab. You can also get information directly from a rehab center.

6. What are the goals of geriatric rehab?
  • Improve quality of life
  • Regaining or improving everyday functions
  • Maintain independence to a large extent
  • Prevent the need for long-term care
7. Which diseases are common in geriatrics?
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Musculoskeletal disorders and falls
  • diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cancers
  • Dementias
  • Urinary incontinence
  • depressions
8. How long does geriatric rehab take?

There is a legal right to three weeks of rehabilitation. In addition, an extension can be made with the consent of the health insurance company.

9. Who applies for geriatric rehab?

Often the geriatric rehab follows a stay in hospital. Then the clinic doctor or social service provider makes the application. The family doctor can only prescribe geriatric rehab if he has completed appropriate additional training.

10. How does geriatric treatment work?

At the time of admission, the physical, cognitive and social condition of the patient is determined by means of "geriatric assessments". B .:

  • How are the sense of balance and the ability to walk?
  • How are memory and language skills?
  • Does the patient have any help in the social environment?

The problems identified are then specifically treated. An important point here is the development of mobility. Falls are a typical symptom of old age, so particular attention is paid to walking independently and preventing falls.

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