Geriatric Care Services focuses on caring for the needs of older patients while they are admitted to Norton Audubon Hospital. Our Geriatric Resource Team is made up of specially trained physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, dietitians and chaplains. The team provides personalized care for older adults to help them improve their overall comfort and maintain their independence once they are discharged from the hospital. This is accomplished using a model of care designed to maintain or improve patients' strength and stamina with the goal of returning patients to their regular routines as quickly as possible.
During a hospital stay, older patients sometimes experience a general decline in mental and physical health as a result of lack of movement and stimulation. The Geriatric Resource Team works with patients to keep them more active and alert while they receive care for their illness or injuries.
We use a proactive approach to provide specialized inpatient care for older adults and assist them in recovery.
Coping strategies and emotional/spiritual care
Patient and family involvement
Safe medication management
Physical activity to improve balance and help prevent falls
Activities for the mind to improve memory and thinking skills
Discharge planning/care transition
Community education on a variety of topics for caregivers
Norton Audubon Hospital is a NICHE-designated hospital (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). NICHE-designated hospitals strive to provide sensitive and exemplary care to older patients by encouraging and supporting an environment that addresses the special physical and social needs of older adult patients as well as their families. To learn more about NICHE, visit www.nicheprogram.org.
Norton Audubon Hospital is committed to providing comprehensive, quality care to older adults. The hospital offers many additional services that may benefit our older patients, including the Norton Joint Care program, Vascular Access Center, Norton Wound Healing Center, interventional radiology, diabetes education and exercise programs, music therapy and more.
For more information about Geriatric Care Services and other programs and services at Norton Audubon Hospital, talk with your physician or call (502) 636-7111.
1 Audubon Plaza Drive Louisville, KY 40217 (502) 636-7111