Prepares for Population Shift as Boomers Reach 65
(Montclair, CA – March 27, 2019) – Montclair Hospital Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation,
today celebrates the grand opening of its “Center for Senior Care”
inpatient program, led by Board Certified Geriatrician, Dr. Jhujhar Singh,
along with a dedicated team of experts with specialized training and experience
in geriatric healthcare. The Center for Senior Care is one way that Montclair
Hospital Medical Center is responsive to the community’s needs as
the local population shifts to include more seniors. About 10,000 Americans
turn 65 every day and by 2035, seniors will outnumber children in the
United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“Patients over the age of 65 often don’t realize that their
medical needs have changed,” said Dr. Singh “As we age, we
become more sensitive to certain medications, our skin becomes more fragile,
there are changes in the brain, we are more likely to be impacted by diabetes
or hypertension, and some memory loss is normal. That’s why our
team is specially trained to look at the big picture, evaluating subtle
symptoms that could be clues, discussing prevention, reviewing medications,
and providing individualized care plans,” he continued.
The Center for Senior Care is an inpatient program focused on preserving
quality of life for the region’s growing population of seniors.
It is designed to provide specialized care tailored to meet the needs
of one of the most vulnerable groups in the community. Patients over the
age of 65 will be evaluated using an evidence-based tool called Identifying
Seniors at Risk (ISAR) to determine if the patient would benefit from
admission to the Center for Senior Care.
“We are excited to offer the community a new resource to help seniors
heal faster,” said Gail Aviado, MSN, RN, Administrator and Chief
Nursing Officer. “Our seniors want to stay vibrant and active. Montclair
Hospital’s Center for Senior Care is here to help keep them that
Inpatient rooms in the Center for Senior Care have been newly renovated
and feature special accommodations for seniors, including pressure-reducing
mattresses, light dimmers, skid-resistant footwear, large, easy to read
clocks and backlit, big-button telephones. It’s a quiet four-bed
unit staffed by geriatric trained nurses and clinicians, which is anticipated
to grow over time. Every detail of the Center for Senior Care has been
considered from the patient’s perspective to support the delivery
of care in a setting that is comforting for seniors.
Patients in the Center for Senior Care will not only be treated by a Board-Certified
Geriatrician, they will also benefit from a medication consultation with
a pharmacist, dietician oversight and education, an individualized assessment
and care plan, and coordinated care upon discharge for a smooth transition
home. This comprehensive team approach to care will provide seniors the
support they need to improve and maintain their health.
Patients interested in learning more about the Center for Senior Care at
Montclair Hospital Medical Center can visit
www.montclair-hospital.org, or call (909) 625-5411.
About Montclair Hospital Medical Center: Montclair Hospital Medical Center is a not-for-profit, 106-bed acute care
hospital founded by community physicians in 1973. A testament to its commitment
to service and quality care, Montclair Hospital Medical Center has been
recognized with national awards including as a recipient of the 100 Top
Hospitals in the nation award from IBM Watson Health, the Patient Safety
Excellence award by Healthgrades®, and the Women’s Choice Award®
for America’s Best Emergency Care. Montclair Hospital offers emergency
services, labor and delivery, surgical services, cardiopulmonary services
and more in a boutique environment that serves patients and their families
close to home. Montclair Hospital is a member of the Prime Healthcare
Foundation. Learn more at www.montclair-hospital.org.