Geriatric Medicine has been set up to cater to the health needs of the elderly in Singapore. Our vision is to add healthy life to older people through comprehensive geriatric care, education and research.
We cater to elderly people aged 65 and above with geriatric syndromes, including those with difficulties in walking, frequent falls, memory difficulties, incontinence and multiple medical problems resulting in recent changes in function and self-care. Patients aged 78 and above with acute medical problems may also be admitted to our wards.
We adopt a multi-disciplinary approach in patient care, involving doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, podiatrists and medical social workers. Besides comprehensive geriatric assessment, we believe in the importance of rehabilitation for the elderly and our geriatric services are located near therapy areas to facilitate rehabilitation. Regular patient case conferences are conducted to discuss and plan patient care.
The Continence Clinic provides care for men and women needing assistance with bladder and bowel control problems. Evaluation and diagnosis of the underlying condition will be followed by a personalized plan of care for self-management whenever possible.
The Memory and Dementia clinic provides care to patients with forgetfulness and cognitive problems, which increasingly affects a patient's memories, personality and behaviour. The right expert care can ease the multiple affects of this condition, and give everyone some measure of peace. The service provides outpatient evaluation and treatment for older adults.
The Palliative Care Clinic provides care to patients with incurable and potentially life threatening diseases. Palliative care focuses on providing comfort care and good quality of life when a cure is no longer possible. Pain control, symptom management, coordinated and multidisciplinary care, family support and referrals to hospice care are some of the services provided by the Palliative Care Clinic.
The Mobility Enhancement Clinic focuses on assessments and interventions for older adults (with or without an assistive device) who have difficulty with gait, balance, falls, and endurance. A geriatric assessment will be part of the evaluation and a physical therapist will assist in the development of a comprehensive treatment plan including an exercise program.