AVON, Ohio — The American College of Emergency Physicians has awarded Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital’s Emergency Department a Level 2 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA).
Marymount in Garfield Heights also received the same accreditation. The Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus earned a Level 1 accreditation, and all of the remaining 10 Cleveland Clinic facilities received a Level 3 accreditation.
The accreditation reflects Avon Hospital’s efforts to provide senior-friendly care to the community. Dr. Anatoliy Goykhman took some time to explain the accreditation. He is the designated Geriatric Emergency Department Physician Champion at Avon Hospital.
Launched in 2014, the GEDA program’s aim is to improve and standardize emergency care for older, high-risk adults.
To achieve accreditation, hospitals must meet requirements and best practices related to providing quality care for geriatric patients.
“It designates a certain awareness for aspects of geriatric care that are not the same care implications as for young patients,” said Goykhman. “The accreditation means we will keep providing excellent geriatric care for our patients and also continue to pay a high level of attention to their records and their needs.”
Goykhman said the hospital has geriatric consultants it can call on as another resource in addition to its patients’ primary care physicians.
“In the last few years, geriatric care has needed more focus,” he said. “We have taken on the initiative to make sure we are in tune for the special needs of older adults, including their use of medications and also for a sharper focus for times where it is appropriate to offer seniors further advice for all possibilities.”
He specified taking the time to talk with seniors about how they are living at home and how the physicians can offer meaningful advice for a better quality of life and a safer one, as well. It is an elevation of healthcare models, he said.
From a practical standpoint, Goykhman noted that seniors may feel neglected and ignored. Sometimes, the doctor doesn’t realize that older adults may not even be able to hear the doctor’s instructions, for example.
“We have to have some work-arounds to incorporate that kind of care across the system.”
He noted that paper instructions for seniors are automatically printed in large print as part of a multi-disciplinary approach. It also includes follow-up with a nutritionist and an evaluation of equipment supplied for safety when going home.
“We are also making sure the physicians’ advice and rules may be more flexible, especially for seniors who are depriving themselves of food or water prior to a hospital visit.”
Patients are examined, he said, by a geriatric care team to determine if they need to be admitted to the hospital, transitioned to a skilled nursing facility or prescribed home-care services.
For more information about the Avon Cleveland Clinic Hospital, visit https://my.clevelandclinic.org/locations/avon-hospital or call 440-695-5000.
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