Go to Top

Geriatric Rehabilitation

Geriatric Rehabilitation

The needs of the elderly require special attention from family members as well as health care professionals. In developed economies life expectancy is higher than ever, which projects new social challenges and a future boom of health care specialised in older adults. Ageing people experience mental and physical changes that make an independent and active life difficult to maintain. The altruistic purpose of geriatric rehabilitation is to keep the dignity and longevity of their frail patients and as such play an essential role in society. Geriatric rehabilitation is a comprehensive system devised for people of advanced age that covers various areas to restore and maintain patients’ general well-being:

  • age related physical and mental challenges (dementia and delirium)
  • sensory impairment (loss of vision, hearing due to age and comorbidities)

The elderly often face problems of communication and feel isolated because of deteriorating vision and hearing.

  • cardiovascular diseases (stroke and heart attack rehabilitation)
  • musculo-skeletal problems and injuries, falls prevention programs (osteoporosis, arthritis, bone fractures, hip replacement)

Fall incidents are very high in patients of over 65 and for the frail elderly it can have tragic consequences. Bone strengthening and rehabilitation after falls is a basic function of geriatric rehab.

  • malnutrition – geriatric units strictly control the patients’ daily calorie, vitamin and mineral intake. 
  • emotional despair, depression, inactivity of the elderly
  • wellness programs 
  • evaluation if an elderly patient is able to drive safe 

Geriatric rehabilitation is also an intermediary care unit after a period of hospitalisation that provides short term services to help patients return to their normal everyday activities. 

The most common geriatric rehab assisting techniques are physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Geriatric rehabilitation centres usually offer in-patient and out-patient services for older adults and most importantly they provide a protective environment for patients to live and heal in a community. Geriatric rehabilitation is also proven to be cost-saving for health care, as they shorten hospitalisation time and enable patients to live in their own home after a period of crisis.