Geriatric Care

At Carroll Hospital, we understand that older adults respond differently to disease processes and medications, so caring for them is a specialty in and of itself. That's why we make sure to provide our older patients with the best possible care and resources. Some of the ways we do this is through:

  • Staff education — The hospital has been certified by Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), the leading nurse-driven program dedicated to helping health care systems improve the care of older adults. All of the hospital’s inpatient nursing staff has received basic NICHE education in which nurses and patient care technicians are trained to care for acutely ill geriatric patients and how that care may differ from younger patients, especially in areas such as safety and falls prevention; skin care preservation efforts; medications; orientation; supervision needs; ambulating; and mental health needs

  • Geriatric Resource Specialist — works one-on-one with patients ages 60 and older to identify their individual needs and goals, then matches them to the appropriate hospital and community resources that can help. We want to empower patients to stay healthy, stay out of the hospital and live independently for as long as possible

  • Senior Emergency Care Suite — a dedicated area in the emergency department that’s specially designed with the comfort of older patients in mind

  • Health Navigation Services — registered nurse and licensed social workers who help patients and community members find the resources, services and support needed to gain control of their health

  • Inpatient & Outpatient Palliative Care — a multidisciplinary team that focuses on treating the pain, stress and other symptoms that often accompany a serious or chronic illness