By the time you reach the age of 65, your body has a history. The illnesses, surgeries and injuries you may have experienced over the years make your body as individual and unique as your personality. You may also take various medications that affect the way you feel and think. You need a geriatric care specialist who can address all of the complex health issues of patients over 65.
UofL Physicians – Geriatrics focuses entirely on the specific needs of patients who are over 65. Each clinician at UofL Physicians – Geriatrics has devoted their career to serving this unique community.
Our clinic for providing senior care – the Republic Bank Optimal Aging Clinic – is located in the Trager Institute on Market Street, part of our downtown medical campus. The clinic is very accessible, both to older adults who are driving themselves to their appointment and those who are brought in by a caregiver. The clinic also provides easy access to other UofL Physicians specialists, including neurology, psychiatry, podiatry, cardiology and physical therapy. A complete array of health care services are offered in the same building including X-ray, lab and pharmacy services, so our patients can have easy access to all their health care needs.
Our geriatric care team uses an interdisciplinary approach to care for older adults, working together to ensure that the patient’s entire medical history, current needs and lifestyle are addressed when designing any treatment plan. Our specialists can serve as consultants to a patient’s primary care physician (PCP) or as primary care physicians if the patient does not have an established relationship with a PCP.
We only care for health conditions associated with the aging population. This single focus gives us unique expertise and experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the region.
Find a University of Louisville geriatric care facility by viewing the 'Our Locations' tab.
Diseases and conditions
We have expertise in:
- Healthy aging
- Injuries resulting from falls
- Fall prevention
- Overall functional issues
- Medication concerns
- Urinary disorders and incontinence
- Advance care planning
- Memory impairment
- Palliative care
- End-of-life care
Treatments and services
Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment (GET) Program
Our specialists at UofL Physicians – Geriatrics believe that to fully understand the medically complex issues older adults face, we must consider the social, cognitive and medical conditions of our patients. The Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment (GET) Program focuses on testing, evaluating and treating the entire patient. When appropriate, we invite the patient’s family and friends to become a part of the evaluation. This creates a supportive environment and helps to ensure that the clinicians are gathering as much information on the patient as possible.
The GET Program’s clinical team consists of physicians, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers who all specialize in the unique needs of geriatric patients. As an interdisciplinary team, we offer solutions and treatments that work in concert to support the needs of each individual patient.
Medication Management Program
Many older adults use a variety of prescription and nonprescription medications. These medications, while being very effective on their own, may be impacting the individuals’ overall health and well-being when taken in combination. Our Medication Management Program offers a comprehensive review and assessment of a patient’s current health status and an overall evaluation of their medications to identify any medication-related problems that may be affecting their quality of life.
Any patient using prescription or non-prescription medications, herbal products or dietary supplements could potentially benefit from an overall medication assessment and ongoing management.
Home Care Service
There may come a time when patients of UofL Physicians – Geriatrics can no longer see our specialists in an office setting. We understand that the trust and care that has been established with a caregiver is an important part of a patient’s health. As part of our Home Care Service, our clinicians can schedule ongoing care in the patient’s home.
The hospital can be a difficult environment for older adults. Issues of delirium, confusion, urinary problems, medication concerns, medication-related functional concerns, ethics and end-of-life decisions are just a few of the challenges facing an older patient. These conditions represent a few of the services that the geriatricians at UofL Physicians – Geriatrics are trained to address. We offer specialized support and experience to the patient and their family at both UofL Health - UofL Hospital and UofL Health - Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville.
Nursing home services
Our geriatric medicine physicians and nurse practitioners see patients at many local nursing homes. In addition, our specialists serve as medical directors at the following facilities:
Episcopal Church Home
7504 Westport Rd.
Louisville, KY 40222
Treyton Oak Towers
211 W. Oak St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Masonic Home of Louisville
3701 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40207