Columbus Facilities Providing Senior Health Services
Outpatient Programs and Resources for Adults Ages 50 and Older
OhioHealth John J. Gerlach Center for Senior Health provides outpatient health, wellness and education programs for adults ages 50 and older through the AdvantAge program, as well as geriatric medical consultations and other outpatient medical services.
We can put an older adult or caregiver in touch with the appropriate OhioHealth services or other community resources best suited to their needs – even if the older adult lives outside of Ohio.
Gerlach Center social workers also can provide you and your family with information and resources regarding needs for:
- housing options
- home delivery services
- respite care services
- counseling services
- advanced directives
Call the Gerlach Center at (614) 566.5858 for information.
Senior Health Catalog:
March / April 2014 issue
Comprehensive Geriatric Medical Consultation
The Gerlach Center’s multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialized healthcare professionals can provide guidance and support while helping sort through senior health and lifestyle concerns, such as:
- Trouble managing familiar tasks
- Memory loss
- The coordination of different medications
- Complicated medical issues
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Unintentional weight loss
- Withdrawal, isolation and lack of joy in life
- Concerns with the ability to live alone
- Changes in mobility or daily independent functioning
Learn more about what to expect from the comprehensive geriatric medical consultation.
Balance and Mobility Clinic
The Balance and Mobility Clinic at the John J. Gerlach Center for Senior Health provides a comprehensive evaluation and consultation to determine balance ability and risk for falling.
- The evaluation can include specialized equilibrium tests for sensory and motor systems.
- The consultation includes customized treatment options and therapy recommendations for maximum benefit.
- The consultation also includes a home safety evaluation to offer suggestions for decreasing risk of falling in the home environment.
Our Balance and Mobility Clinic provides recommendations to help individuals decrease their risk of falling and improve quality of life by increasing confidence in moving around safely.
Memory Disorder Clinic
To learn more about the OhioHealth Memory Disorder Clinic, or to schedule a cognitive disorders consultation and follow-up appointments, call (614) 566.5858.
Physicians often request a neuropsychological evaluation when a patient exhibits memory, behavior, or emotional changes that are not easily explained or treated. This testing can assist in diagnosis and treatment of the concern. Imaging, such as CT scans, PET scans and MRIs, are used to determine how the structure of your brain looks and can show if changes are evident. Additionally, a neuropsychological evaluation provides helpful information to your doctor about how your brain is working – or how well you are thinking. This is accomplished through a variety of discussions and objective measures over several visits with our experienced, doctoral-level neuropsychologist. Testing areas include abilities related to judgment, reasoning, memory, organization, speed, and sequencing. The results of the testing are used to help guide additional treatment.
Inpatient Care Specialized for Older Adults
At OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, we offer care that’s customized for patients ages 70 and over on the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit. The goals of this special unit include:
- Treating medical conditions using evidence-based medicine
- Controlling pain
- Maintaining the patient’s functionality while maximizing rest
- Decreasing confusion while the patient is hospitalized
- Providing education regarding the patient’s illness and the healing process
In addition, the ACE medical staff helps older adult patients transition to home or a skilled nursing facility, following a health-related event for which expert medical services are still required.
Specialized, geriatric medical team
Care on the ACE Unit is coordinated by a certified nurse practitioner, who works in collaboration with the patient’s doctor and hospital medicine staff to establish a personalized daily care plan.
The team provides the highest quality care and works hard to help ACE patients achieve a successful discharge from the hospital. This team includes:
- A geriatrician
- A certified nurse practitioner
- Registered nurses
- Rehabilitation specialists
- Home health coordinators
- A licensed social worker
For more information about the ACE Unit at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, please read our brochure (PDF). You can call us with questions, both before or after the patient’s stay at (614) 566.7257.