Our Services

Transitioning through the last stages of life is often overwhelming and complex. Our team of doctors and specialists provide our patients with trusted care in the comfort of their own Residential Aged Care Facility or Independent Living Centers. Our team are experts in aged care and are passionate about making a difference in the lives of older people.

Our services extends further than standard quality care, we have a special focus on the following areas:

  • Dementia Management
  • Falls Prevention & Fracture Management
  • Incontinence
  • Infection Control
  • Medication Management
  • Osteoporosis Management
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative care
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Sarcopenia Management
  • Skin Cancer Checks

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Geriatricians

A geriatrician is a doctor who specialises in elderly care. They diagnose and treat age-related medical conditions.

Our practice engages with three experienced Geriatricians who review our patients within the comfort of their own facility! Referrals are triaged accordingly by the specialists and are bulk billed by Medicare. It is preferred that a family member is present during these consultations or alternatively contacted by phone post consult.  Bookings are made by our nurses who will communicate to the families and facility nursing staff regarding these consults.

 

Comprehensive Health Assessments & GP Management Plans.

We employ qualified nurses who regularly visit our Nursing Homes and Independent Living Centres on a regular basis. Our Nurses conduct Comprehensive Health Assessments and GP Management Plans. These tools identify the specific needs of our patients, help evaluate the health status of individuals and assist in the management of chronic or complex conditions.

 

Medication Management

When required our patients regularly undergo ‘Residential Medication Management Reviews’ (RMMR’s). These reviews are conducted by an accredited pharmacist. RMMR’s are designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of a patient’s medication as well as identify, resolve and prevent medication-related problems. The report is then reviewed and actioned by the patients primary GP.

 

Bone density scans

Osteoporosis is a major clinical problem in older women and men, in Australia affecting over one million people.  A ‘dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry’ (DEXA) scan is a widely used diagnostic tool that has the ability to measure bone density and assess the risk of bone fractures.

Upon GP request our administration team organise the Adelaide Bodyscan mobile DEXA van to visit our residential aged care facilities. For patients over the age of 70 the DEXA bone scan is funded by Medicare once every two years. Please call our friendly administration team on 1300 739 199 if you would like to find out more information about the facility visiting schedule.

 

Vaccinations

Our practice aims to ensure that all of our patients are provided with their up to date vaccines. Below are the three common vaccines that we provided to our patients;

  • Influenza vaccine
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Shingles vaccine

 

Hospital Admission Prevention

Our GP’s endeavour to provide responsive medical treatment with the aim at reducing hospital visits. Unnecessary hospital visits can often be highly distressing for patients and their families, as well as detrimental to the patients overall wellbeing. Two of our facilities take part in the initiative called ‘The Dandelion Project’ which is run by the Adelaide Primary Health Network (Adelaide PHN). This projects aim is to avoid hospital transfers for residents who could be better treated in the comfort of their facility. Our GP’s contribute to this initiative in the following ways;

  • Preparing and reviewing patient advanced care plans.
  • Responding to acute clinical events.
  • Engaging in collaborative health care.

For more information on this initiative please visits –

http://www.eldercare.net.au/aged-care/residential-care/our-services/the-dandelion-project/

 

Palliative Care

We aim to provide a patient and family-centred approach during the end of life stage. Our GP’s endeavour to do the following during this time;

  • Respecting the patient wishes, needs and dignity.
  • Ensuring that the patient is as comfortable as possible.
  • Providing support for emotional, social and spiritual concerns.
  • Providing support for the family.
  • If necessary referring patients to specialised palliative care services.

 

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Not only do we work with our patients but we also collaborate with our patient’s family whilst administering quality care. This is done through a family meeting, family case conferences or phone communication.

Family meetings and case conferences are pre organised consults which can be requested by our GP’s, facility nursing staff and family members upon request.

As our GP’s have set schedules every day, if you would like to arrange a family meeting, family case conference or wish to speak to one of our GP’s please phone our administration team on 1300 739 199 between the hours of 8am – 8pm weekdays.

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We understand the challenges and complexities of working in an aged care facility.

Our model of care has been designed to support the residential aged care facilities as well as our patients.

The benefits that our practice provide to the facilities that we engage with include the following;

  • Working closely with Nursing Home staff to ensure a high quality of care is provided to our residents.
  • Providing a regular visiting schedule to each of our Nursing Homes and Independent Living Communities.
  • Assigning two GP’s to the majority of our Residential Ages Care Facilities for back up support and continuity of care.
  • Providing phone support from 8am – 8pm weekdays.
  • Providing regular after hour’s emergency cover which is triaged accordingly.
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We are currently servicing the following areas:

  • Bellevue Heights

  • Beulah Park

  • Cowandilla

  • Daw Park

  • Fullarton

  • Glengowrie

  • Glynde

  • Hope Valley

  • Kensington Gardens

  • Kingswood

  • Leabrook

  • Linden Park

  • Marion

  • Mitcham

  • Myrtle Bank

  • Oaklands Park

  • Payneham South

  • Seaford

  • Wayville

  • Westbourne Park

  • Woodcroft/Morphett Vale

Where possible and without compromising patient care we will endeavour to service any new areas.

We provide quality health care and medical consultations with no ‘out of pocket’ expense.

 

Some ancillary services and consumables may incur a cost as well as Capacity Assessments. Please call us to discuss these fees.