Dayton hospitals expect number of senior patients to grow – Dayton Business Journal – The Business Journals


The health care industry is anticipating an increase in elderly patients over the next 20 years as the population continues to age. As such Dayton-area hospitals are prepping for this increase through investments in new facilities, classes and specialized equipment.
In anticipation of this future growth, Kettering Health built its third new Years Ahead Health Center in May. The center aims to focus on health and wellness for those 65 years and older.
At these centers, numerous classes and experiences are offered to the patients to guide them through aging. Medical specialists present lectures that pertain to geriatric populations, such as cognitive health, orthopedics, arthritis and pain management. Along with lectures, health and nutrition classes are offered to patients.
Kettering Health has plans to open another clinic that will manage senior patients with long-term illnesses.
“We’re also going to be adding what we’re calling a chronic disease management clinic, and those are for patients who have significant chronic diseases like congestive heart failure, chronic liver disease or cancer where they’re having to be hospitalized multiple times,” said Dr. Melissa Butler, medical director of Years Ahead services for Kettering Physician Network.
“So, we’re trying to avoid this rotating door of continuously being in the hospital,” Butler said.
Meanwhile, Premier Health focuses on senior care through specialized staffing, equipment, education, follow-up care and specific measures geared toward the senior community. In 2020, Premier Health became the first health system in Ohio and the second in the nation to achieve Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA). This distinction recognizes emergency departments that provide excellent care for older adults.
Premier has adapted a Senior Emergency Center to cater toward their older patient’s needs by including amenities such as soft lighting, reduced noise levels, private rooms and additional railings.
“It is challenging for the number of folks that are aging into that demographic to be able to provide those resources,” said Dr. Jennifer Hauler, chief operating officer at Miami Valley Hospital. “We are proud of what we’ve been able to focus on and accomplish for these populations and hope to be able to continue to regulate the services as needed to provide the best care for these folks.”
Through Premier’s Elder Care Program, seniors are given information and options to make an informed decision about the support they want to receive. The Elder Care Program’s resources include support groups, grand-parenting classes, balance programs and the Moving Safely Program, which helps prevent falls.
Care also is provided when the seniors leave the hospital and return home. Patients are offered personalized meal prep, transportation, physical therapy, home safety evaluation and continence training.
Kettering Health is made up of 13 medical centers and more than 120 outpatient locations throughout western Ohio, as well as Kettering Physician Network, with more than 700 board-certified providers. Premier Health is based in Dayton and has over 14,000 employees.
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