Geriatric House Call Program for Helping the Elderly with Acute Medical Problems
GERIATRIC HOUSECALL PROGRAMME is launched mainly to help the deserving elderly (70 and above) with the restricted mobility (60 and above) or to manage the acute medical problems. The Doctors residing in the particular area will attend the elderly who reside in the same locality.General Physicians or geriatrician will be involved in the programme. Physiotherapist and Psychologists have also committed to serve for this good cause.
NEED OF THE HOUR – GERIATRIC HOUSECALL PROGRAMME, – a pioneering project by Senior Citizens Bureau, Chennai
Longevity of life is now a ‘fait accompli’. More and more people are living beyond 70 and 80 years of age. Though the elderly enjoy longevity of life, they are prone to suffer from multiple problems like falls, stroke, arthritis, parkinson’s disease, dementia and urinary problems.
The concept of family physician has disappeared now. At the present juncture, doctors are not in a position to make house calls due to various reasons like pressure of work, lack of time and difficulty in transport. When the elders fall ill, all of a sudden, medical facility is not only an urgent necessity for them, but has also to be extended right at their homes. Due to non availability of medical personnel nearby, the sick elderly are unable to receive urgent medical attention. Such denial of immediate medical attention tends to develop complications in the condition of the sick elderly. Sometimes it may even lead to the extent of endangering their life. Bedridden elderly need continuous medical care or at least periodical medical attention at home.
In a needy situation the family members can contact the nearby Doctor who is enrolled in this project, either by phone or in person. In response, the Doctor may attend the call for immediate treatment or guide the caregiver over the phone. For emergency visit it is better to provide necessary transport facility. If necessary after the visit, he may direct the patient for admission in the nearby Hospital or Nursing Home.
It is better that the family members get acquaintance with the near by doctor and appraise about the elderly person in their house. This will enable the Doctor to know about the health status of the elderly persons, well in advance. Regarding professional charges it is up to the Doctor and the patient relative should decide about it. It is very difficult to draw strict fee structure.
Family members are requested to use this scheme very carefully and not to disturb the Doctors unnecessarily for minor problems.
The phone numbers and address of the Housecall programme Doctors, Physiotherapist Psychologists, Nurses, Nursing Aides and Laboratory Services can be obtained from the following places
Dr.V.S.Natarajan – Adiparasakthi Clinic, 18, A, Flowers Road,
Kilpauk, Chennai-600 010.
Phone No.: 26412030
Senior Citizens Bureau
B-30, 1st Floor, Anna Nagar East,
Chennai – 600 102. (Behind Titan Showroom)
Phone No.: 2489 5488
Capt.M.Singaraja – 90(93), Rama Naicken Street, Nungambakkam,
Chennai – 600 034. Phone No.: 28231388
Mr.Murugaiyan – Cell: 9884145189
Posted on March 26, 2012, in Medical and tagged chennai, Doctors, GERIATRIC, house call program, medical emergency, medical treatment, Old age, senior citizens, treatment for elderly. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.