Models of Interdisciplinary Geriatric Care Teams


Modelsof Interdisciplinary Geriatric Care Teams

Modelsof Interdisciplinary Geriatric Care Teams

Homecare plays an important role in geriatric care. However, in the homesetting, the elderly patient may not have access to interdisciplinarycare teams. Due to the complex health care problems associated withold age, expertise from multiple health care disciplines improves theoutcomes of the health care. In assisted living facilities,hospitals, long term care and rehabilitation facilities, geriatricpatients have access to physicians, rehabilitations nurses,therapists, case managers, social workers, nutritionists anddentists. However, patients in home based care have no access tomultidiscipline health care professionals. Usually, they are underthe care of a social worker or a nurse, in addition to the familymembers. To access multidiscipline team, they have to travel to amedical facility (Malone, 2014).

Inthe case of Mrs. Martinez, she does not have an access to theservices of a medical worker. She depends on her daughter. However,the daughter seems to be overwhelmed by the needs of the elderlypatients and therefore requests for placement in a nursing home.However, the other family members are opposed to it. It is importantto note that although placement in long term care facility such as anursing home increases the access of the patient to multidisciplinemedical team, there are many challenges associated with it. It is noteasy to move an elderly patient from his or her home where he or shehas lived for many years. Some people would prefer to spend their endof life in the comfort of their homes (Ann &amp Delia, 2011). Anadvanced nurse can have an important role in care setting wheregeriatric patients are unable to access multidiscipline health careteams. Advanced nurses have extended skills and knowledge thatenables them provides a wide range of services to their clients.However, this is dependent on the setting. For example, in a homecare setting, advanced nurse can diagnose diseases or act as anutritionist, which is not the case in a hospital (Malone, 2014).Therefore, Mrs. Martinez family can seek for the services of anadvanced nurse in the home based care settings.


AnnB. &amp Delia, K. (2011). Families and elder care in thetwenty-first century. TheFuture of Children.21(2), p 117.

Malone,M. et al (2014). Acutecare for elders: a model for interdisciplinary care.New York, NY: Humana Press.