You should see a geriatrician if you are experiencing decline in functional status such as:
- Cognitive functioning
- New onset of incontinence
- Decreased oral intake
- Complicated medical diagnoses
- Multiple medications
- Concerns about your living situation
You do not necessarily need to leave your primary care physician. You can request a consult from a geriatrician or a geriatric nurse practitioner. Geriatrics is generally considered a primary care discipline devoted to managing complex older individuals' medical, physical, psychological, and social issues. The geriatrician can serve as the primary care physician if needed.
No, but it does require evaluation.
You or your doctor can request the ACE Unit. However, all requests are subject to bed availability.