Baptist AgeWell Institute – Geriatric Care
At Baptist Health, we’ve always helped older adults in our community maintain functionality and quality of life. By forming Baptist AgeWell Institute, we have taken our commitment to a new level. Designed to provide comprehensive care that is centered on the specific needs of older adults with complex health issues, there is nothing else like it in North Florida.
A team that understands older adults’ needs
Our multidisciplinary care providers are trained in gerontology and dedicated to helping seniors stay healthy and independent.
Through partnerships with doctors and care providers in the hospital, community and at home, we can help older adults achieve the best outcomes.
Comprehensive assessment and care plan
For frail seniors with complex medical needs, we provide an in-depth evaluation, from health to mobility to medications – and then create a plan to enhance their quality of life.
Prevention and early intervention
We provide care and education to help prevent age-related disability and decline – and support caregivers in their important role.
From our senior emergency center to our outpatient clinics, we offer programs specifically designed for older adults – and provide referrals to other programs in the community.
Baptist AgeWell Center for Senior Health is a specialized outpatient center and care team focused on promoting healthy aging for older adults with complex needs. The center is designed to serve patients 65 and older who have experienced an unexplained decline in health and/or have had two or more hospital visits in the past twelve months. We offer a comprehensive approach that looks at the whole person – and it all starts with your personalized geriatric assessment.
First Visit - Geriatric Assessment
This is the “getting to know you” visit to determine the patient’s current health, functioning, and goals for daily living. Patients are encouraged to bring their caregiver or a family member, and all current prescribed and over-the-counter medications. The first visit typically lasts 3 hours.
Second Visit - Personalized Care Plan
In preparation for this visit, the geriatrician, psychiatrist, care coordinators, pharmacist, therapists, dietician and nurses collaborate to create a plan of care designed to support each patent’s health, independence and personal goals.
AgeWell Emergency Care
Our innovative service for older patients is located at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and includes a specialized team focused on geriatric issues, in an environment that acknowledges and supports your needs.
Advocacy and Education
Our eldercare advocacy program help seniors with complex medical needs have a smooth transition from hospital to home. Our ageless wisdom training program sensitizes caregivers on what it’s like to be an older patient. Participants learn first-hand about visual limitations, reduced hearing, and breathing issues that can impact seniors’ ability to distinguish among pills and to understand instructions from physicians. For more information, please contact us at 904.202.4243.