Did you know?
- 15% of the Central East Region’s 1.6 million residents are seniors who may require additional support to remain living at home. This population of frail older adults is estimated to grow by 27% over the next ten years.
- There are an estimated 96,500 seniors in the Region who may be considered frail.
- Frail seniors are at risk of worsening health, and they are less able to recover after a minor illness compared to non-frail seniors.
- The majority of seniors live in the community; only 9% of frail seniors reside in Long Term Care or Complex Continuing Care settings.
- Over the next 20 years, the Region’s senior population is forecast to double, substantially increasing the total health care need.
- There is a lack of adequate integrated physical, mental and social supports/coordination for at-risk seniors.
- Different approaches to seniors care are required for rural and urban areas.
What are Specialized Geriatric Services?
Specialized Geriatric Services deliver comprehensive geriatric assessments (CGA) and interventions for frail seniors. Specialized Geriatric Services are delivered by interprofessional teams of geriatric and geriatric mental health care providers specifically trained to assess and support frail seniors experiencing multiple and complex medical, functional, and psychosocial problems.
The interprofessional team often includes:
- Specialist physicians such as Geriatricians and Geriatric Psychiatrists;
- Nurse Practitioners
- Clinicians such as occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, social workers and registered nurses, dietitians and speech language pathologists
- Personal support workers
Specialized Geriatric Services are provided in a variety of settings across the continuum of care including home, community, long-term care, and hospital settings.