Geriatric Care Specialist

Frank Jircik, MD

Internists located in Burleson, TX

Dr. Frank Jircik and his staff offer individualized geriatric care to his elderly patients. The doctor is a Board Certified physician who offers specialized care to the residents of Burleson, Texas.

Geriatric Care Q & A

What is Involved in Geriatric Care?

Geriatric care is also referred to as elder care management. This type of care encompasses both physical and mental health care. It takes into account the many physical changes that are experienced as a person ages, as well as any mental or emotional trauma the patient may experience. Geriatric care also includes assessing an individual's ability to live independently. By working with the patient and their family, a doctor can help determine the safest options for housing and what type of care is needed to maintain the patient's health. The goal is to maintain their health while providing them the highest quality of life possible at all times.

What are Common Health Risks a Patient may Face as They age?

As people age, their body changes in several ways. Digestion begins to slow down and vision gets progressively worse. The muscles will also begin to weaken which can result in trip and fall injuries. If a person has started to show signs of poor memory or the inability to focus, a dementia diagnosis may mean that they can no longer live on their own. The risk of an accident or injury increases dramatically if a person begins to lose their mobility and are not as active as they once were. Forgetting to take their medicines can also be a problem. It is important to regularly evaluate the patient's ability to function on their own. When self-care begins to decrease, it is important that the patient considers an assisted living facility or other arrangements for their own safety.

When Should a Person Consider Moving Into an Assisted Living Facility?

Elderly patients who can no longer properly care for themselves or have recently received an injury due to falling may need to consider moving into an assisted living facility or other types of home in which they can receive supervision as it is needed. Some patients may be able to maintain a large portion of their independence, while others may need to have constant care. Individuals who are suffering from dementia need to be in an environment that is designed to protect them from harm. Assisted living facilities often have areas that are staffed according to the level of care that is needed. Individuals who need very little care can be placed in rooms or small studio apartments where they can request assistance if needed, while patients who need constant care can be placed in areas where it is provided.