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Indiana University Health is here to help you navigate your health as you age. Our geriatricians are specially trained to diagnose and treat illness, injuries and other concerns in patients over age 65.
At Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, we aim to maximize your function and help you maintain your independence and quality of life. Our comprehensive geriatric services include medical, surgical and counseling programs. The Indiana University Health Senior Health Center treats diseases of aging with an emphasis on memory loss and confusion, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, falls, multiple chronic illnesses, mobility and decline in function, medicine problems and more.
Working together with your primary care physician, we select diagnostic testing, medicines and treatment plans, all designed to create the best outcomes for your health with the least amount of discomfort. As often as possible, we try to avoid an inpatient hospital stay by offering home care services so you can remain in the comfort of your own home.
As a leader in meeting the complex healthcare needs of older patients, we are proud to be the only nationally ranked geriatrics program in Indiana, according to U.S.News & World Report's 2017-18 edition of America’s Best Hospitals.
Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we are educating the next generation of geriatric specialists and discovering new ways to help older adults with self-management and improving doctor-patient interactions.
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Research has shown that early involvement in patient care helps prevent functional decline in hospitalized patients. This is especially true of older adults who often develop problems with confusion, mobility and/or medicines following injury or illness. Our team of hospitalists, nurse practitioners and social workers collaborate to provide assessment of patient needs within 24 hours of admitting a patient to the hospital. An individual plan of care is developed to improve quality of care for geriatric conditions and meet specific patient needs regarding psychosocial issues and planning for transition following a stay in the hospital.
Older patients often have multiple chronic illnesses, functional limitations and limited resources to comprehensive care. IU Health Methodist GRACE Team Care offers geriatric patients personalized, in-home assessment by our nurse practitioners and social workers, improving overall quality of care and often preventing a return to the hospital.
Collaborating with your primary care physician, our team will provide ongoing care management including:
- Help with managing medicines
- Links to community resources
- Support for caregivers
- Weekly team conferences with a geriatrician, pharmacist and mental health liaison
Helping patients return to the comfortable surroundings of home is our number one priority. For patients who require more intensive medical care and cannot return home immediately after a hospital stay, we offer referrals to a skilled nursing facility. IU Health Methodist physicians and nurse practitioners with expertise in geriatrics and rehabilitation provide coordinated care, along with the patient’s primary care provider, ensuring a smooth transition from the hospital. The Skilled Nursing Facility Network is vital to helping high-risk patients transition from hospital to home, which often prevents hospital readmissions.
Skilled Nursing Facility locations include:
- American Village – 2026 E. 54th St.
- Eagle Valley Meadows – 3017 Valley Farms Rd.
- Northwest Healthcare – 6440 W. 34th St.
- Wellbrooke of Avon – 10307 E. County Road 100 North
- Westpark Healthcare Center – 1316 N. Tibbs Ave.
- Westside Village Health Care – 8616 W. 10th St.
No one should feel alone, but all too often older adults experience a loss of contact with the outside world, just when they need it most. At the IU Health Methodist Senior Health Center, our goal is to enrich the lives of older adults through medical services, education, counseling and research. Our team of geriatricians, nurses and social workers provide consultation to patients on topics including memory loss, depression, medication management and mobility.
IU Health Senior Health Services
1633 N. Capitol, Suite 322
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Any physician, healthcare professional or healthcare agency may refer a patient to IU Health Methodist geriatric services.
Call direct: 317.962.2929