ElderHealth is a specialist service for people over the age of 65 years (55years for Maori) with a focus on assessment, treatment and rehabilitation (AT&R).
The ElderHealth team maximises independence for older people by working with them, their whanau and carers, to determine the treatment and care options that promote both dignity and quality of life.
ElderHealth offers a multidisciplinary service with access to geriatricians, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and speech and language therapists.
Outpatient clinics are held at STAR Centre, Palmerston North Hospital; Horowhenua Health centre, Dannevirke Community Hospital and Pahiatua Health centre. In certain circumstances a home visit by a geriatrician can be arranged.
Prior to the outpatient clinic appointment, the Clinical Nurse Specialist may visit the older adult at their place of residence to carry out a comprehensive initial assessment. Access to ElderHealth services is usually via a GP referral.
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