Geriatric Medicine is the sub-specialty of Internal Medicine that focuses on individuals over the age of 65. Geriatric specialists, also called Gerontologists or Geriatricians, have additional medical training and experience and have passed an additional board exam to maintain this sub-specialty certification.
Just as children differ from middle-aged adults and may benefit from the expertise of a Pediatrician, elder adults can have different issues that are better understood and managed by a Geriatrician.
KCIM is a designated Center of Excellence for Geriatric Medicine. That means that KCIM has services specifically designed for people of Medicare age that include Medicare Wellness visits (which are zero out of pocket cost to the patient), Geriatric Cognitive Assessment visits, and Geriatric Risk Assessment visits to determine if there are extra needs for home support, physical therapy, or additional memory evaluations.
KCIM has care coordinators to assist in transition management from hospital to home or skilled nursing, a certified Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center, on-site Geriatric Urgent Care at a local nursing home (with a 2nd soon to open), as well as 5 board certified Geriatricians.