AgeWell Center for Senior Health
Baptist AgeWell Center for Senior Health is a specialized outpatient center and primary 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.
Getting to Know You
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 2 ½ hours.
Request a New Patient AssessmentTime: 5 Minutes
Our online request form takes approximately 5 minutes to complete and all data is encrypted to protect your privacy. You will receive a reply the following business day to coordinate a date and time. If you would like to speak with someone during normal business hours, please call the Baptist AgeWell Institute at 904.202.4243.
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. The second visit also typically lasts 2 ½ hours.
Advance Care Planning
This visit usually occurs after the patient has been with AgeWell for some time. The patient and their caregivers meet with trained staff to discuss ongoing health and other related issues. This discussion more than an end-of-life discussion and helps assure the patient that their appointed decision makers (surrogates) are carrying out their wishes should they lose their decision making capacity.
Services and treatment options are tailored specifically for each patient through a personalized care plan.
Coordinating care involves reaching out to many community resources needed to carry out the activities outlined in the care plan. The care coordinator at AgeWell is the “point person” who often manages these activities between the patient and other providers by exchanging information among providers responsible for different aspects of care.
Medication Therapy Management
Part of the geriatric assessment includes taking a thorough review of all of a patient’s medications, including prescriptions, over the counter medications, herbals and supplements. A clinical pharmacist will work with our geriatrician in evaluating and improving the medication regimen.
Behavioral Health Care
Behavioral (mental) health is essential to overall health and well-being of older adults. Behavioral health problems are not part of normal aging; most conditions are treatable by medication or behavioral interventions. Our physicians work collaboratively with the psychiatrist and psychologist to address mental health issues faced by our patients. Referrals to behavioral health specialist by our physicians and care coordinators connect patients with community resources to help improve the mental health and quality of life of older patients.
The rehabilitation program at AgeWell helps seniors improve and maintain their independence. The program is staffed by physical, occupational and speech therapists trained in providing care to older patients and working with their care partners.
Bladder Training Program
Although about half of the elderly have episodes of incontinence, bladder problems are not a natural consequence of aging, and they are not exclusively a problem of the elderly. Women are most likely to develop incontinence, because of weakened pelvic muscles. Older men can become incontinent as the result of prostate surgery. Pelvic trauma, spinal cord damage, caffeine, or certain medications including cold or over-the-counter diet tablets also can cause episodes of incontinence. Even though urinary incontinence can be improved in 8 out of 10 cases, fewer than half of those with bladder problems ever discuss the condition with their health care professional.
Nutritional Counseling Program
At the AgeWell Center, a nutritional assessment helps identify patients’ nutritional risks. This information is used to improve nutrition as part of the patient’s overall care plan.
Preventive and Proactive Care
We help our patients maintain their independence by taking a proactive and preventive approach to care. This includes an annual wellness visit, immunizations and health screenings and advance care planning.
Age Well at Home
This program offers primary geriatric care at home for patients who cannot come to the AgeWell for their routine care.
Palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of having a serious illness of any diagnosis.
Pastoral counseling is available to provide spiritual comfort to patients in need.