The Harris County Hospital District established its geriatric program to address the specific age-related healthcare needs of seniors throughout Harris County. We provide seniors with access to exemplary and age-appropriate primary care, in-depth evaluations and leading edge treatment.
Among a few programs in Houston of its kind, HCHD’s geriatric services provide comprehensive assessment, evaluation and treatment in the following areas:
• Memory loss
• Mobility problems
• Sleep disorders
• Cardiovascular problems
• Social needs
• Elderly abuse and neglect
Every geriatric services staff member has received special, intensive training in the care of the elderly. What’s more, research shows geriatric patients have better outcomes with an interdisciplinary “team” approach in which physicians, nurse practitioners, nursing staff, physical and/or occupational therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, recreational therapists, case managers and social workers evaluate the patient to determine the best course of treatment.
Two Silver Seniors clinics, located at Baytown and Settegast health centers, provide seniors with an array of convenient services, including:
• Foot hygiene
• Ear cleaning
• Surgical consultations
• Dietary instructions
• Psychiatric care
• Laboratory and diagnostic screening
Special emphasis is given to evaluating and improving patients functional abilities. Social workers routinely work with patients and their families to access community resources that allow patients to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.
HCHD’s geriatric service also offers care for homebound patients. Physicians and nursing staff routinely visit with homebound patients, which allows patients to continue living in their home environment for as long as possible.