Welcome to Senior Care Services at
St. Mary’s Medical Center
Surrounded by care. Unique to you.
We take “honor thy elders” to heart
Each stage of life has particular healthcare needs. At St. Mary’s
we are uniquely positioned to provide the very best in care for seniors
with innovative new programs and services that are tailored to the needs
of geriatric patients. Treatments plans are catered to each individual
patient and coordinated by a team of healthcare experts from physicians
and therapists to case managers and pharmacists. Besides, we think seniors
have earned a little extra attention.
Senior Care Emergency Department
In the St. Mary’s Medical Center emergency department, we see you
quickly, but take time to fully evaluate your healthcare needs and develop
the best treatment plan for your care. Our emergency department team is
trained to identify seniors that may need extra support during hospitalization
by using an evidence-based screening tool. Also included for your comfort:
- More privacy
- Quiet area
- Warmer environment
- Larger, easy-to-read clocks
- Slip-resistant floors
- Handrails and grab bars
- Blankets that have been warmed
- Better lighting
- Large-print magazines to read while waiting
- Extra seating for family members
- Assistive devices for hearing and vision
St. Mary's Medical Center has earned the
Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) which recognizes emergency departments that go above and beyond to provide
excellent care for older adults.
The GEDA program is the culmination of years of progress in emergency care
of older adults. In 2014, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
along with Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Emergency Nurses Association,
and American Geriatrics Society, developed and released geriatric ED guidelines,
recommending measures ranging from adding geriatric-friendly equipment
to specialized staff to more routine screening for delirium, dementia,
and fall risk, among other vulnerabilities.
The voluntary GEDA program, which includes three levels similar to trauma
center designations, provides specific criteria and goals for emergency
clinicians and administrators to target. The accreditation process provides
more than two dozen best practices for geriatric care and the level of
GEDA accreditation achieved depends upon how many of these best practices
an emergency department is able to meet. A Level 3 emergency department
must incorporate a few of these best practices, along with providing inter-disciplinary
geriatric education, and having geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies
Senior Care Inpatient Program
St. Mary’s provides comprehensive geriatric assessments performed
by our experienced team of physicians who specialize in caring for older
adults. With our interdisciplinary approach to care, physicians work with
pharmacists to provide medication counseling. Additionally, therapists
work with partners in the community to ensure patients understand and
secure appropriate health and safety resources. By doing so, our senior
patients are set up for success upon returning home.
Senior Care Services Nurse Liaison
St. Mary’s believes that great care doesn’t stop upon leaving
the hospital. Our Senior Care Nurse Liaison is dedicated to providing
smooth transitions of care to our patients including assisting with follow-up care.
St. Mary’s has partnered with Central Jackson County EMS to provide
a referral based Community Paramedic Program called
CJ Cares. The goal of CJ Cares is to ensure older adults return home to a safe
environment. CJ Cares will go over discharge orders with patients upon
arriving home, provide assistance with medication set up if needed, as
well as provide home safety assessments.
816-655-5625 if you have any questions about Senior Care Services at St. Mary's.