If you’re 65 years old or older, your health may require attention that it hasn’t needed so far in your lifetime. You need the trusted and familiar doctors and hospitals of Baptist Health South Florida in which to entrust your care.
About 85 percent of adults, over 65, have at least one chronic health condition, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And as the population ages, with predictions that by 2030, the number of seniors will surpass the number of children living in the U.S., it’s important to have reliable senior healthcare services, like those offered by Baptist Health, available close to home.
What does Baptist Health offer seniors?
We understand that senior health encompasses many different services, including managing chronic diseases, repairing an orthopedic injury, diagnosing dementia or neurologic disorders, taking care of mental health issues, treating cancer and offering preventive health programs and free exercise classes. We offer all the care you need and resources to help you stay healthy.
Whether you come to us from your doctor, through the emergency room or for a routine screening, you can expect:
- An experienced and trusted team that focuses on the distinct health needs of seniors.
- A collaborative and comprehensive approach that brings multiple specialties and health offerings together to ensure the best outcomes for your specific healthcare needs.
- Recommendations for health screenings at the appropriate times, following evidence-based health guidelines.
- Assistance with connecting to support services, such as hospice and palliative care, Community Health for free health presentations, screenings and exercise classes [Link to Community Health page], nutrition counseling, tele-pharmacy [link to Telehealth page], and home care.
We offer the most advanced quality care that Baptist Health prides itself on, with a caring approach for seniors.
Baptist Health South Florida hospitals, freestanding emergency centers, urgent care centers, outpatient diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery facilities and Baptist Health Medical Group physicians accept Medicare, Medicaid and most major commercial insurance plans. It’s always a good idea to check with your health plan before seeking care to ensure you get the most from your insurance and Medicare benefits.
Of course, in an emergency, it’s best to go to the nearest hospital emergency room, which cannot deny you care.
When your thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of your neck, malfunctions and either produces too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) hormone or develops nodules, an endocrinologist can determine the best treatment.
Often medications to regulate hormone production restore the proper function of the thyroid, improving symptoms of weight fluctuations, restlessness or fatigue, or heart rhythm irregularities.
Noncancerous nodules, which may appear as lumps under the skin on the front of the neck, often need to be surgically removed or shrunk with radioiodine treatments. Both treatments are available at Baptist Health South Florida.
To see a listing of our free health programs, visit our Community Health page [link to Community Health] and choose your areas of interest or call 786-596-3812.