Senior Health (Geriatric Medicine)

As we get older, we all desire to live as healthy and independently as possible. But sometimes adjusting to a new phase of life can require support and guidance. Main Line Health is here to serve as your dedicated partner, offering an array of health care services and community-based resources to you and your family. 
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About senior health at Main Line Health 

We’re committed to serving older adults — plus their loved ones and caregivers — by providing free information and friendly assistance that meets your specific needs or preferences.  

We’re here to provide personalized care that adapts with you as you age. Whether that means regular medical exams, in-home assessments or long-term hospital care, we have the resources and experienced care team to help. We’re especially sensitive to the health care needs of LGBTQ older adults and their caregivers. 

Our licensed social workers can answer questions and connect callers with health care services and community organizations, including: 

  • Physician referrals and appointments 
  • Social and psychosocial support 
  • In-home care 
  • Educational and screening programs 

Fall prevention programs

Each year, it is estimated that one in four adults, age 65 or older, is injured in a fall. One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or head trauma.

Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors including balance disorders, physical weakness, vision problems, and home hazards.

The good news is, balance disorders are often treatable, and many falls are preventable. At Main Line Health, we offer free classes for older adults and their families to learn about preventing falls.

Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, has been recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System – Committed to Care Excellence, an achievement that comes as part of the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, a national movement to improve health care for older adults. The initiative is based on the 4Ms Framework for Age-Friendly Care, which is a series of practices that address four essential elements of care for older patients: What Matters, Mentation, Medication, and Mobility. The 4Ms Framework ensures healthcare professionals align care with each older adult's specific health goals and care preferences.

Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA).
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As part of our commitment to a superior care experience for seniors, their families and caregivers, five of our facilities—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr, Paoli, Riddle and Bryn Mawr Rehab hospitals—have received Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) designation. This nurse-led model, with a focus on patient- and family-centered care, addresses issues unique to older people with a commitment to improving care outcomes. Our care team, including nurses certified in gerontology, has special skills, training and sensitivity when it comes to elder care.

Main Line Health—simply superior care for seniors. 

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