Manipal Hospitals department of Geriatric Medicine is specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of elderly patients who have complex medical or social problems. At Manipal, we seek to create overall geriatric care plans that are designed to not only preserve independence but also improve the quality of life for the patients. A significant component of our clinical and research efforts is focused on dementia care.
At Manipal, we understand that Geriatrics treatment requires a team approach when caring for the elderly. We also provide support to their families or caregivers. Manipal’s specialized team consists of physical therapists, nurses, nutritionists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech and hearing specialists and psychological counsellors. At Manipal, the Geriatrics team focuses on taking in the preferences and values of the older person while also taking into consideration their social, emotional and medical needs while forming a care plan. We specialise in health concerns such as memory problems, falls, incontinence, medication and management of multiple chronic conditions.
At Manipal hospital, we have experience in treating patients who suffer from different diseases or clinical conditions. Our specialists are well versed in a range of disorders, some of them including respiratory diseases, neuropathy, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.
Treatment & Diagnosis policy. Manipal hospitals takes a holistic and personalized approach in while treating elderly patients in order to provide comprehensive care on an individualistic level. This includes tailor-made medical care plans to cure conditions of different kinds while maintaining and improving the patient’s quality of life.
The geriatic department is particular about dementia hospitalization programs and testing for evaluation of memory loss. Manipal hospitals also specializes in the treatment of patients who are susceptible to developing multiple organ dysfunction syndrome.
Cardiovascular disease - Arteriosclerosis
Elderly patients suffering from complicated cardiovascular conditions are treated and managed with proper care, integrating clinical approaches for vascular calcification. Elderly patients suffering from lifestyle related conditions associated with arteriosclerosis are not only treated but also educated about their condition.
Patients with aspiration pneumonia are provided with swallowing rehabilitation. Sleep polysomnography is performed for patients with sleep apnea syndrome. Nasal continuous positive airway pressure therapy is also used.
Manipal Hospitals Memory loss clinic for outpatients commonly treats outpatients with Alzheimer’s and dementia disorders. These conditions are studied and understood by our experts from various perspectives in order to provide apt treatment plans for individuals.
Diabetes and bone disease
Manipal hospital treats patients suffering from diabetes, osteoporosis and other lifestyle related diseases based on bone densitometry results. The approach taken for the treatment of these patients integrates both basic and clinical medicine.
Gender based medicine
Manipal Hospitals department of Geriatric Medicine is able to benefit patients suffering from the following conditions: ● Multiple medical conditions ● Difficulty performing routine activities ● Polypharmacy - taking multiple medications ● Difficulty sleeping, walking, imbalance ● Memory problems ● Recurrent falls or fear of the same ● Recurring urinary problems ● Weight loss ● Constipation ● Cancer & Palliation Geriatric Assessments Geriatric assessment is always the first step in providing care and treatment for the patient. This assessment gives the geriatrician a foundation that is used to monitor further progress.
The geriatric specialist will first gather general information about the patient's health, review the patient's medical history, and conduct a physical examination. Based on the doctor’s findings, further treatment or diagnostic procedures are recommended.
The most common conditions are hearing loss, refractive errors, cataracts, neck and back pain and osteoarthritis, pulmonary disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dementia, and depression.
The greatest cause of disability is sensory impairments, neck and back pain, depressive disorders, diabetes, dementia and osteoarthritis.
Some illnesses are caused due to genetic factors while some conditions are caused due to environmental conditions. Each individual is different and there is no ‘typical’ geriatric patient. Some may have the mental and physical capacities of 20 year olds while others suffer from significant decline in mental and physical capacities at a much younger age. Conditions can be treated and managed and not all conditions can be prevented.
Yes, yearly health checkups and discussions with your doctor about other risk factors should never be overlooked. It is important to keep track of your health at an elderly age.
Manipal Hospitals is dedicated to providing high-quality, personalised care and building long-term partnerships with its patients. Our Geriatric department and its patients are a testament to this.
Contact us to know more about geriatric problems and book an appointment with one of our Geriatric specialists today.