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Geriatric Evaluation and Management Program

The Farnum Rehabilitation Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) program is designed to meet the needs of today's older adults, their families and caregivers.

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This inpatient program offers a team of specialists who evaluate changes in a patient's status and make recommendations to improve the patient's current situation. Elderly people who may benefit from such a program include those who have experienced:

  • Falls, dizziness or balance disorders
  • Decline in endurance or stamina
  • Difficulty transferring to a chair, toilet, tub, etc.
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Difficulty maintaining nutritional status
  • Difficulty performing self care skills such as bathing, dressing and homemaking
Goals

The primary goal of the GEM program is to work closely with the patient/family to develop and initiate a plan of care that addresses their needs, coordinates services and promotes the patient's optimal level of functioning.

Clinical team

Our interdisciplinary team is directed by a Physiatrist - a physician who specializes in rehabilitation medicine. Persons accepted into the program are evaluated by our professional staff. The interdisciplinary team, along with patient and family, establish an appropriate treatment plan. The following rehabilitation professionals contribute to the evaluation of the patient and establishment of the individualized treatment goals:

  • Physiatrist
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Other healthcare professionals/consultants are available as needed
Features
  • Promotes patient/family-centered treatment planning and programming
  • Provides the patient and family with a thorough evaluation and coordinated individualized approach to care
  • Promotes understanding of the potential impact of a patient's medical status on function
  • Provides comprehensive assessment of current medication regimen
  • Provides education regarding medical diagnoses, physical limitations, and a healthy lifestyle for the future
  • Coordinates comprehensive after-care planning
  • Determines the optimal setting for further rehabilitation services
  • Recommends community services to assist the patient in maximizing function
Referral / admission criteria

Farnum Rehabilitation welcomes anyone whose quality of life has been compromised by illness or injury. A free assessment of the patient's rehabilitation needs will be provided to determine appropriateness for inpatient, outpatient, or alternative programs.

Who can make referrals:

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Physicians
  • Case managers
  • Discharge planners
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Physical therapy agencies
  • Social workers
  • Other healthcare agencies

For admission to a rehabilitation program within the Farnum GEM program, it should be demonstrated that the patient:

  • Is medically stable and has reasonable expectation for improvement in function
  • Is unable to function independently in a safe manner
  • Has demonstrated impairment in mobility and other self-care activities
Contact

Email: rehabreferrals@cheshire-med.com
Fax: 603-354-6724