Geriatric Medicine

Advancing the boundaries of collaborative care models in the areas of orthopedics, vascular surgery and cardiac surgery.

Programs

Day Hospital Program

Delirium and Functional Decline Prevention

Memory Disorders and Behaviour Management

Urinary Incontinence and Fall Assessment

The Division of Geriatric Medicine aims to be a leader in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative care for patients. The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is among the institutions in North America that are at the forefront in recognizing the highly complex aspects of geriatric care, along with its related medical conditions.

The Division of Geriatric Medicine has both an in-patient Acute Geriatrics Service and a consult team to respond to the needs of frail elderly persons from the moment they enter the Emergency Room until discharge. The outpatient clinics evaluates and treats elderly persons with physical and cognitive impairment, while working with community services to maintain them safely in their homes. The Division offers specialized rehabilitation on an outpatient basis through its Geriatric Day Hospital.

The Age-Friendly Hospital

Fifty-five percent of acute-care beds at the MUHC adult sites are occupied by patients over 65 years of age. In addition, the fastest growing age group is 85 years and over. Navigating health care causes stress on elderly patients. The MUHC is developing a model of care that is more favourable for this vulnerable patient group. This initiative, called the Age-Friendly Hospital Concept, is based on the World Health Organization concept and places the MUHC at the forefront of this worldwide trend

Collaborative Care

The Division’s multi-professional, inter-disciplinary care teams are advancing the boundaries of collaborative care models in the areas of orthopedics, vascular surgery and cardiac surgery. The Falls Prevention and Pain Assessment programs are producing positive results. The Division of Geriatric Medicine provides benefits to all adult programs while playing a major teaching role.