New Geriatric Collaborative Aims to Better "Transitions-In-Care"

June 4, 2013

Doctors, caregivers, physical therapists and even a elder law attorney gathered together to discuss ways to enhance the care of the older population.

A Tuesday morning discussion was focused on identifying and closing gaps in "Transitions-in-Care." The issues involved in "Transitions-in-Care" come after a patient is moved from a hospital to a nursing home or other care facility.

Successful transitions require planning and coordination, but most transitions don't go according to plan.

To eliminate this problem a new program, called the Geriatric Collaborative of Central Virginia (GCCV), was launched today. The program aims to educate health care providers on all needs surrounding geriatric health and ways to reduce problems when moving patients.

"The population is just growing so quickly and we aren't ready," says Dr. Lyn Van Der Sommen, program creator. "Everything we've learned over the years has been based on younger populations, so we don't have enough data yet to know how to treat these geriatric issues."

Dr. Van Der Sommen hopes to create more programs in the future to help take care of our older population.

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