Physician assistants key to geriatric care

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By 2050, the number of patients 65 and older will nearly double according to the U.S. Census Bureau. An increasing elderly population creates the frequency of trips to the doctor and potential health complications. Facilities are experiencing a physician shortage in some areas, so physician assistants are crucial to help a patient have access to quality care. PAs offer an extended arm to guide the patient toward an expectantly healthier life.

Charity Maniates, PA-C, discusses several recommendations when dealing with geriatric patients in her article on extending care to growing geriatric population. She recommends reflecting upon what the patient ultimately needs to improve his or her quality of life. Sure, there are endless options when it comes to prescribing and advising patients, but extensive research on personal medical history, medicine usage and hereditary genes can eliminate potential risks or unnecessary steps when correctly diagnosing the patient. Taking the time to be compassionate and discuss in-depth options cannot only unveil the root issue but can also assess what your patient may desire most. Sometimes, it also helps to consider the needs of the patient’s family as another crucial aspect when making decisions. As with any practice, always take the time to be thorough in evaluating the best solution for the problems at hand and don’t forget to move forward with a caring heart.

Taking the time to be compassionate and discuss in-depth options cannot only unveil the root issue but can also assess what your patient may desire most. Sometimes, it also helps to consider the needs of the patient’s family as another crucial aspect when making decisions. As with any practice, always take the time to be thorough in evaluating the best solution for the problems at hand and don’t forget to move forward with a caring heart.

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