The older patients with multiple chronic illnesses and other acute issues is among the greatest challenges in the nation'shealthcare system. Geriatric palliative medicine is providing the care to older patients and to all patients who are suffering with pain and with other symptoms that are associated with serious illness. Geriatrics is different from most other medical disciplines in a number of ways including: expertise in the âgeriatric syndromesâ such as dementia, depression and frailty; a focus on function, psychosocial issues, and quality of life; and involvement in medical care across the continuum of care settings.It is the multi-disciplinary approach that we bring to bear on patient care, teaching, and research. In the pursuit of excellence in patient care, teaching and research we regularly collaborate with experts from a range of medical subspecialties. Recognition and treatment of physical and nonphysical symptoms to prevent suffering and improve quality of life Geriatric palliative care is integrative using interdisciplinary delivery of care. The goal of Geriatric palliative medicine is to relieve pain and suffering and improve quality of life for elderly patients and their families. The main principles are comprehensive patient/family unit centered that enhance functional independence and quality of life transitioning between levels of care, also to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families regardless of the stage of disease.
Last date updated on July, 2014