The first of its kind, the Center for Healthy Aging at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital serves as the “manager of your health care” by providing excellent care coordination and patient-centered medical support, from your sixties (or earlier if necessary) to the end of life. With increasing age, patients may experience age-related physiologic changes to their bodies and may succumb to more medical conditions that increase the complexity of their health care and the number of medications required each day. With increased medical details and health complexity, adults ages 65 and older need a manager for their health care to ensure that they receive all the beneficial medical care without conflicting interventions, duplications or errors.
The Center for Healthy Aging at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital accomplishes this task with a team of healthcare professionals specifically trained in the art of geriatrics, consisting of nurse coordinators, dietitians, pharmacists and physicians. Our team practices in a state-of-the-art clinic (construction to be completed in 2017) designed specifically to provide maximum comfort and safety for patients ages 65 years and older, based upon recommendations from the American Medical Association in the United States. Our team uses standardized clinical practice guidelines, specifically based on the most advanced research in the field of geriatrics used by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the United States, to help prevent medical errors caused by missing health information or diagnoses, and to ensure that every patient receives the most comprehensive, age-appropriate medical care.
With meticulous attention from the Center for Healthy Aging at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, patients and their family can rest assured that they will receive the best in medical treatment without worrying about managing complex medical details on their own. With our services, patients can finally focus all of their energy on feeling better and aging well.
1. Comprehensive Health Assessment Service
Research has shown that patients ages 65 years and older often have unusual presentations of diseases and underdiagnosis is common. As a result, the Comprehensive Health Assessment Service was crafted to provide systematic screenings of common illnesses that help prevent underdiagnosis of treatable medical conditions, which can cause serious health problems later on, if not properly managed.
The Comprehensive Health Assessment Service evaluates every factor that may affect the patient’s health and builds a personally tailored plan to promote healthy aging based upon these factors. The Comprehensive Health Assessment Service includes evaluations for memory and cognitive function, medication safety, depression and mental health, falls and mobility, home environment and safety, daily function and level of independence, pain and discomfort, incontinence, visual and hearing problems, nutrition, and family support.
With the Comprehensive Health Assessment Service, patients can feel confident that every detail of their health care will be meticulously monitored to ensure longevity and healthy aging.
2. Guided Care Nursing Service created by Johns Hopkins University (Subscription open in 2017)
The Guided Care Nursing Service was created by the world-famous Johns Hopkins University to provide coordinated, patient-centered care specifically tailored for patients age 65 years and older with complex health needs.
As the first institution in Thailand to offer this service, the Center for Healthy Aging at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital utilizes nurse coordinators specially trained by Johns Hopkins University to provide groundbreaking medical support for patients. These services include:
3. Care Coordination Everywhere Service
With the increasing complexity of health care that often comes with age, excellent care coordination is crucial in ensuring that no important details are missed and that patients remain safe no matter where they are in the healthcare system – in the hospital, in the clinic, or at home.
Our Care Coordination Everywhere Service team, led by specially trained physicians, utilizes cutting-edge clinical practice guidelines to ensure safe transitions in and out of the hospital. The team automatically keeps track of when patients are admitted to the Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital system and meets with patients within 24 hours to facilitate inpatient care and coordinate details for collaboration with their outpatient primary care physician, who knows the patient best. Wherever they are in the Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital System, patients can rest assured that a familiar face will always be there to support them throughout their illness.
Apart from special services unique to the Center for Healthy Aging at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital listed above, we also offer the following medical services to help patients prepare for longevity and healthy aging:
In many parts around the world, patient care has become increasingly rushed, fragmented, and impersonal. As the health care industry succumbs to growing business and financial pressures, doctors become ever more specialized and are incentivized to churn through as many patients as possible. This makes it difficult for patients to find comprehensive, holistic care provided by health professionals who truly know the patients – someone who looks beyond a single organ system and has an in-depth understanding of the patient as a whole person.
In this regard, Dr. Aroonsiri Sangarlangkarn, Samitivej’s Chief at the Center for Healthy Aging, recently penned an article for the leading peer-reviewed journal ‘Health Affairs’. The article pushes forth an important policy idea that is being replicated at Samitivej’s Center for Healthy Aging, the idea called “the designated provider” – someone of the patient’s care team who has established trust and understanding of the patient over a longitudinal relationship. In the article, Dr. Sangarlangkarn told a heartfelt story of how having a “designated provider” changed a patient’s life. This eye-opening article was subsequently published as a feature article in the Washington Post and can be found here.
Location: Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, 488 Srinakarin Rd., Suan Luang, Bangkok 10250
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