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The Beacham Center for Geriatric Medicine’s highly skilled doctors, nurse practitioners and staff use their rare knowledge and experience to provide unparalleled primary care for elders. Our care providers blend the expertise, resources and facilities of Johns Hopkins’ top-ranked geriatrics program with a holistic focus on the patient’s quality of life, and arrange their schedules to spend more time with patients and their families than most primary care physicians. This extra attention allows for highly individualized care and the ability to understand and help patients with any complicated medical or social situations they may have. In addition, our easy-to-use electronic medical record system allows patients and primary care physicians to send test results and messages to our geriatricians securely from any online computer.
Our Approach to Primary Care
Our geriatricians understand that advancing age comes with its own challenges, which can be complicated and difficult to understand. As one of the pioneering geriatric medicine outpatient practices in the nation, we have extensive institutional experience improving quality of life for seniors. We specialize in all conditions unique to aging, including:
- Falls and fractures
- Memory problems
We also help patients who take many medications (also known as polypharmacy) by identifying serious side effects or, whenever possible, prescribing fewer medications better suited to the patient’s condition.
To ensure high-quality, continuous care, our doctors and nurse practitioners are available for consultations, and also offer an annual wellness visit to identify problems early and prevent future illness for all Medicare enrollees. During this visit, individual patients meet with a geriatrician to review their conditions, medicines and hospitalizations, as well as discuss their risk factors and how to stay healthy and well. If patients require specialty treatment, our geriatricians coordinate treatment and recovery plans with specialists, other caregivers, and the patient’s primary care physician, as well the patient and patient’s family.