By providing easy access to geriatric healthcare, Greater Gainesville not only takes exceptional care of its college students, but of its elderly residents as well. There are various locations dedicated to the wellbeing of senior citizens based in Gainesville through geriatric health. Many geriatric healthcare centers and long-term care facilities are minutes from major hospitals to ensure the welfare of senior citizens with medical emergencies.
UF Health is a leading local authority in geriatric healthcare. The Institute on Aging conducts research to optimize care for elderly patients and improve their quality of life. Through the Institute on Aging, patients have access to numerous world-class healthcare options through the University of Florida. For rehabilitation services that aid seniors with the goal of regaining their quality of life, special therapy programs and general geriatric healthcare is offered to the residents of Oak Hammock at the University of Florida.
Geriatric centers connected to UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) operate as clinics offering individualized health care to senior patients. NFRMC manages senior healthcare centers that serve the geriatric needs of the Greater Gainesville area. With four locations in and around Gainesville, NFRMC’s Senior Healthcare Centers provide a specialized health care experience for senior citizens. The affiliated assisted living community, The Village, includes 24/7 healthcare and on-site medical staff to guarantee residents have access to care when they need it most.
For aging veterans, there are programs at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center(VAMC) focused solely on geriatric health care to meet health-related needs, including the Community Living Center. In addition to operating as an assisted living center with 24-hour medical staff, the Community Living Center houses the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Center (GEM). The GEM cares for elderly short-term patients with the goal of attaining complete recovery and regaining independence.
- UF Health Shands Hospital ranked among the Top 50 best hospitals for geriatric care in the region for 2016-2017.
- NFRMC Senior Healthcare Centers were recognized by The Joint Commission for maintaining the highest standards of quality care.
- In 2017, UF Senior Care Clinic and Oak Hammock at the University of Florida achieved outstanding patient satisfaction.