The goals of the Northwest Hospital Senior Care Program are to improve the health of nursing home residents in our community, and to help senior living facilities provide high-quality medical care. The program is lead by geriatricians Dr. Kent Sullivan and Dr. Jim Bowers, an internist with specialty training in respiratory and acute care medicine. Each physician acts as medical director, consulting physician or attending physician at many of the senior living facilities in the area.
As geriatric specialists, the Senior Care Program physicians are uniquely prepared to help nursing homes address many of the challenges they face in providing medical care for their residents. In the role of a facility’s medical director, they:
- Offer ongoing review and revision of policies and procedures and provide clinical leadership in an effort to improve care
- Work to ensure all medical care for residents is consistent with current quality standards and that the facility meets current regulatory requirements
- Work closely with multidisciplinary nursing home staff to develop quality improvement protocols tailored to each facility, including weight loss counsel, use of psychotropic medication and antidepressants, fall prevention, skincare and decubitus ulcer prevention and treatment and infection control, among others.
- Provide training sessions for nurses, nursing assistants and staff to improve their skills in caring for elderly patients.