Purpose: to improve the health care of older people while improving their independence and social well-being.
WHAT IS ELDERLY CARE MEDICINE?
This is the branch of medicine dedicated to assisting older people. It deals with the different medical issues older people experience, along with the issues arising with ageing. This branch of medicine is commonly referred to as ‘Geriatric Medicine’ in many parts of the world. Although the concept is new in Sri Lanka, it has evolved quite significantly in its over 80 years of practice world over.
Elderly care medicine looks at people holistically, addressing not only their medical issues, but also the psychological, physical, social and spiritual aspects as well, optimizing the patient’s overall quality of life.
WHY DO OLDER PEOPLE NEED A SEPARATE BRANCH OF MEDICINE?
Older people usually develop issues that are unique and are a result of ageing, in addition to having medical conditions as any other person would. i.e. Difficulties walking and problems with balance, making them vulnerable to falls; Constipation & incontinence are common; Psychological issues, problems with memory, dementia, loneliness & bereavement due to separation are frequently seen; Bone fragility and chronic debilitating illnesses such as Parkinson's Disease too are prevalent.
Managing the health & wellness of an older person usually means managing varying combinations of these issues alongside the medical conditions they may suffer from. This requires specialist knowledge, backed by the related services, for the best outcomes.
To provide the most holistic health & wellness care, to improve the quality of life for older people, through outpatient and inpatient clinical services.
Continued follow through and support, where required, post discharge from inpatient care.
Guidance to families & caregivers on how best to care for older relatives.