With the number of older Americans on the rise, it is important to address the special needs of the elderly.
Whether dealing with cancer, heart conditions, orthopedic problems or a host of chronic illnesses, elderly patients fare better at hospitals and health care institutions that specialize with this diverse group of people.
At Jefferson, the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care provides improved care for those of all ages facing serious illness, as well as comfort and communication for patients and families around end-of-life and advanced care planning and decision making.
For example, the Senior Adult Oncology Center at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson takes a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment planning for elderly patients with cancer. At the Center, an experienced team of cancer specialists, geriatricians, nurse navigators, pharmacists, social workers and nutritionists perform comprehensive evaluations of older adults with cancer to help patients and their families determine their best course of action.
U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Jefferson as a top hospital in geriatrics in its 2013-14 Best Hospitals report. This ranking included top marks for patient safety, the large number of older patients treated here, and other areas of care.
Jefferson has long been a leader in geriatric medicine and has emphasized palliative care services for our patients and their families.