WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

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.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 210096561