Geriatric Medicine also provides patient- and family-centered care in the context of each individual's functional and psychosocial situation. Our team, which includes specialists in geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, geriatric nursing and social work, develops a comprehensive care plan for each patient. Emphasis is placed on wellness promotion and improvement in daily functioning. Our staff coordinates your or your loved ones' care across the continuum, which may include hospitalization, rehabilitation, nursing home and home care services.
A Team Approach to Quality CareGeriatric Medicine at Mass General provides health care as a team, with a focus on the individual patient. This model is often called a "patient-centered medical home." It is designed to help patients stay healthier and to facilitate care when needed, often with shorter wait times.
Each dedicated health care team includes:
- A physician
- A nurse practitioner
- A social worker
- Administrative staff
Patients work with a care team to create a personalized and coordinated health care plan. The teams can help patients better understand their health care needs, maintain an accurate medication list and see specialists, if necessary. Patients are encouraged to play an active part in their health care by asking questions, communicating with their care team and collaborating to reach healthy goals.
I have spent years seeking comprehensive, respectful, professional medical care for both my parents. This is the first time that I have believed we are finally in good hands. It is extremely difficult to find a competent, skilled physician who treats the needs of the whole individual, particularly one who is older. You were not only very thorough, but you took the time to understand all the issues and have the skill to be able to evaluate, diagnose and recommend solutions.
I'm 74. My wife and I both started going to MGH Senior Health about three years ago. We're both very satisfied with the quality of care and the personal attention we receive. Our doctors are specialists and know which of our problems are related to aging and what we can do about them. My medical problems are multiple and I need an organized approach. The staff is never too busy to return a phone call. Their whole approach is like family...they follow up with me like a mother hen.
It was wonderful talking to the nurse and it was so good from the doctor to call. The nurse and the doctor were a great team. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did for my father, making him safe and secure in your caring for him.