Methodist Geriatrics

Patient care

Clinic

Park Nicollet Clinic – Creekside serves as a medical home to a large population of independent, older adults.

Residents manage the following:

  • Home care
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Specialty referral
  • Interpreting the health care system to maturing patients

Inpatient hospital service

Our inpatient family medicine hospital service usually includes a substantial geriatric population.

  • Counsel patients and families about end-of-life issues and work with the care integration team to plan appropriate patient disposition
  • Receive training as Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) facilitators to help clarify treatment plans and orders
  • Learn a multidisciplinary approach to delirium prevention and treatment, including utilizing the Hospital Elder Life Program to reduce incidence in at-risk patients

Home care, long-term care, and TCU

  • Care for panels of four to six nursing home patients during second and third years, and care for TCU patients
  • Round monthly with attending and nurse practitioner; topics include behavioral challenges, life cycles, and practice management
  • Use innovative Geriatric Tool Kit—the award-winning, resident-designed backpack—to expand services offered in the nursing home
  • Call includes taking telephone calls from nursing homes regarding acute changes in patients
  • Learn how to manage nursing home patients as part of family medicine practice

Assisted living

  • Learn to care for patients in independent senior apartments and an assisted living environment
  • Learn how to help promote health and well-being with patients and their families in a home setting

Home visits

Residents assess the homes of older patients as well as health needs in the context of the living environment.