We know visiting the doctor can be stressful. That is why we do things a little bit differently. At MetroHealth, we strive to provide a unique experience that makes our clients feel calm, comfortable, and cared for. It’s all about giving you more than your average health care provider.
When you walk through our doors, you will immediately notice the serene environment of our comfortable waiting room. Inspired by Eastern culture, our office decor was designed to help you feel relaxed during your visit. Our friendly and professional office staff will make you feel welcomed and appreciated, and they will assist you with any paperwork that you need to complete.
At MetroHealth, our experienced geriatric specialists are trained to care for the aging adult body. We know that health complications can be confusing, and we will clearly explain things to you so that you remain informed and in control of your health. We will also help coordinate your care with other medical specialists.
Providing expert medical care is our job. Making you feel right at home is our passion. That is why we will go out of our way to make your visit with us a pleasant one. At MetroHealth, we are all about helping you live younger.
We offer several unique services to our Medicare Advantage patients at no additional charge. Learn more about these value-added services via our Concierge Services page.
Geriatric medicine, or geriatrics, is a sub-specialty of internal medicine that focuses on the care and wellbeing of elderly people. Most of us will require some form of specialized medical care in our later years, and a geriatrician can help to coordinate that care.
There are distinct differences between the younger adult body and the elderly body. As the human body ages, it begins to lose its physiological reserve, or the ability to cope with and recover from stressors. As physiological reserve diminishes, the body becomes more susceptible to certain chronic diseases. Geriatric medicine exists to help prevent and treat disease in the elderly, and to preserve and prolong quality of life during one’s senior years.
Geriatricians can serve a variety of roles within the healthcare system, including hospital care, long-term care, home care, and terminal care. They often work closely with specialists, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and social workers.
In addition to their primary care physician training, geriatricians receive extensive training specific to the aging process. This training provides them with expertise on the impact of aging on illness patterns, health maintenance, rehabilitation, and medication management.
In order to become board certified in geriatric medicine, a doctor must first have been board certified in internal medicine. They must also complete accredited graduate medical education fellowship training and pass the Geriatric Medicine Certification Exam. A complete list of requirements is available on the American Board of Internal Medicine website.
The answer to this question is different for everyone. For most people, the best time to start visiting a geriatrician is when they begin to require care from multiple specialists. The overlap of symptoms from multiple conditions, along with a depleting physiological reserve, can cause many complications as you get older. A geriatrician can help to coordinate your care and your medications to help minimize the effect of these complications, or possibly avoid them altogether.
At MetroHealth, most of our patients are insured through Medicare. They range in age from around 65 into the 100’s. The average age of our patients is about 73.
There are a number of benefits to seeing a geriatrician instead of a regular family physician or internist. Most important is the knowledge that geriatricians have about the aging process. Just as a pediatrician specializes in the treatment of the pre-adult body, a geriatrician specializes in the treatment of the elderly body.
Geriatricians also have extensive knowledge of drug interaction and medication management. They understand how different medications work and how they will affect each other in your daily life, and can coordinate with other prescribing physicians accordingly.
A geriatrician can help you make critical decisions when it comes to the management of your health care. They can also make recommendations to their network of preferred elder care professionals that you can trust. The greatest benefit of visiting a geriatrician is their ability to help you maintain the best possible quality of life so that your elder years can be spent comfortably enjoying your loved ones.
At MetroHealth, we understand the impact that age has on the body. Our extensive training has prepared us to handle all chronic conditions. We specialize in care for comorbidities, which is the presence of two or more diseases or disorders co-occurring in the body. With age, it’s common to develop four or more chronic conditions at once. That’s where we come in. We will identify and help you manage your comorbidities so you can continue to have more healthy days.
The following disorders are all are potentially and commonly comorbid with each other in the elderly.
– Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases
– High blood pressure
– Heart disease
– Renal insufficiency
– Coronary artery disease
– Cerebrovascular disease
Coronary artery disease is likely to be comorbid with high blood pressure (hypertension), just like cardiovascular disease and diabetes tend to be comorbid with each other. Additionally, all of the above can be comorbid at the same time.
At MetroHealth, we understand that you have many options when selecting a geriatric medical care provider. That is why we go out of our way to ensure that your experience with us is unlike any other. In an effort to make your time with us as convenient and comfortable as possible, we have instituted a number of concierge medical services for our Medicare Advantage clients. Contact us today to learn more about these special services.
* Special services are available to members of a MetroHealth approved Medicare Advantage plan and are subject to certain terms and conditions. Please see your MetroHealth medical provider for details.
When you can’t come to us, and a visit with one of our physicians is medically necessary, we can accommodate. Whether you’re at home or in the hospital, one of our experienced physicians can come to you to administer the quality care that you need. We think of it as medicine the way it used to be, when house calls from doctors were common. With MetroHealth and Medicare Advantage, you can rest assured knowing that we are here for you no matter what.*
If you’ve scheduled an appointment with us but do not have the means to travel to our office, there is no need to worry. When necessary, we can provide transportation so that you can still get the medical care that you need. We will send a professional driver in a luxury car to your home to pick you up before your appointment and drop you off afterward. Transportation is available five days a week, so no matter when your appointment is, you can feel safe and stress-free.*