A geriatric nurse, or gerontological nurse, is a type of nurse that helps care for aging and elderly individuals. They are trained to be able to perform traditional nursing duties, yet they also have special training that helps them better understand the special needs of many elderly people.
Geriatric Nurses help elderly patients. These older adults are at greater risk of injuries and diseases like osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and cancer, which is why Geriatric Nurses focus on preventative care. They also help patients, and their families, cope with certain medical conditions that develop later in life. Today’s care facility needs to provide increased levels of both comfort and care.
Here are six key criteria geriatric patients, and their families are using to measure hospitals, and long-term care facilities:
Quality of Care – This will Never change. Geriatric patients demand and expect top-notch care when they are in the hospital, rehab or Senior Living community. The Baby Boomers are demanding better care and doing their research on their condition and will ask questions to ensure they are receiving the best care from highly qualified personnel.
“Privacy” – I Want A Door. HIPPA laws have led to a construction boom as hospital administrators strive to make Waiting Rooms, Treatment Bays, Exam Rooms and other areas of hospitals HIPPA compliant. They do not want to Share a Room!
Room Comfort – Some hospitals are acting like hotels. More space for the family to visit their loved one – some are like suites and provide additional luxuries. Requesting Unrestricted visiting hours, and on-site facilities for eating.
Food Quality – Healthy and Tasty Diet. Emotional health is connected to physical health and physical health connected to a healthy diet. Providing healthier foods and diet will make the patient happier and healthier – improve & go home faster.
Personnel with Professional and Caring Personalities – Patients rely heavily on facilities employees. When patients are ill or frightened, they need to feel confident they can depend on staff to treat them correctly and with respect. Patients demand knowledgeable, efficient, comforting and – above all – pleasant staff.
A Calm and Clean Environment – Every administrator knows that the better a patient feels emotional, the faster they will heal physically. The atmosphere of the facility is one of the “key” things patients look for when deciding on a healthcare facility. Geriatric patients want tranquil environments that are tastefully decorated, cheerful and clean.
While these are not the only standards used to select healthcare facilities they are some of the Most important considerations. Facilities need to provide their patients in innovative ways, beyond their clinical needs, never forgetting that the quality of care and medical service is the Primary Concern.