AGE-FRIENDLY
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Hospital for the health and happiness of seniors

  • Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital is the first and only hospital in Southeast Asia to have received the Bronze Standard from Geriatrics Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA). It is one of only five hospitals outside of America to receive this accreditation*.
  • More than 200,000 patients aged 60+ were treated at our Age-friendly Hospital (between 2018–2019)
  • Patients aged 60+ from more than 150 countries were treated at our Age-friendly Hospital (between 2018–2019)

Caring for seniors in their hour of need

Accidents and falls can be extremely dangerous for senior

Seniors experience a myriad of physical changes as they age, as some organs and systems are no longer capable of functioning as they once had. These changes can increase the risk of accidents, especially with regard to falling, which is the second most common cause of death among this group in Thailand.

Data from the World Health Organization shows that 28–35% of people over the age of 65 suffer falls each year, with this number increasing to 32–42% among the over 70s. Fortunately, Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital has vast experience in fall prevention among the elderly, in addition to an Accident & Emergency Department open 24 hours a day.

  • Our trauma code was established to ensure the utmost efficiency regarding treatment for elderly patients, which is vital to reducing the damage caused by injuries
  • Our ambulances are on standby and ready to leave the premises within 2 minutes of a call, 24 hours a day
  • Our emergency medical teams (EMTs) have been trained to internationally recognized standards in both the care and transportation of patients
  • Our fall prevention programs and exercise programs are aimed at preventing falls, while a range of treatments, including emergency surgeries, are available to respond to unanticipated emergencies. Additionally, our rehabilitation programs enable elderly patients to make a return to their previous lives, or at least as close to normal as possible.

Silent aspiration and swallowing difficulties

Between 40–70% of seniors who suffer from neurological disorders, such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or dementia, have experienced silent aspiration, and their risk of experiencing swallowing issues is as high as 50–75%. Up to 71% of seniors suffering from pneumonia do so because of silent aspiration, and almost 30% of pneumonia deaths in those over the age of 60 can be attributed to silent aspiration. Samitivej​ Swallow ​Solution​s Center is led by a team of doctors specializing in swallowing disorder rehabilitation. The right assessment and diagnosis are important in order to accurately understand the problem and any related issues. In some cases, special equipment must be used to identify the specific type of swallowing disorder and its seriousness.

Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital has developed its services to qualify as an “age-friendly hospital,” in accordance with the standards and guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO). This means that the buildings and premises, equipment and facilities, service systems and knowledge of personnel at all levels are verified to be “age-friendly” under international standards.

Measures taken to achieve these high standards include:

  • Improving signage throughout the hospital to improve visibility and clarity
  • Providing special seating zones for senior citizens
  • Adapting bathrooms for elderly and disabled persons
  • Changing the format of medication packaging to make it easier for seniors to read
  • Introducing clinical pharmacy services to help verify the safety of medications
  • Offering dietitian services to take care of nutritional issues
  • Providing physical therapy specialist services for seniors by a team of doctors and nurses specializing in geriatric medicine
  • Multidisciplinary doctors are always on hand to provide consultation and care.

Accredited for the outstanding care we provide to seniors

Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital is an #AgeFriendlyHospital and the first and only hospital in Southeast Asia to have received the Bronze Standard from Geriatrics Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) in recognition of our elevated care of seniors. It is one of only five hospitals outside of America to receive this accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians (the other 4 hospitals are located in Canada (2), Spain, and Brazil)*.

Our commitment to care through comprehensive treatment policies includes expert doctors working alongside nurses, nutritionists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, utilizing the latest medical equipment available, to provide the highest quality of care for our senior patients. We offer a complete range of services, from screening programs and risk analysis to treatment, rehabilitation, patient monitoring and home visits. The healthcare we provide also covers mental and emotional wellbeing, environmental management, 24-hour-a-day dietary services, and access to mobility aids such as canes and four-point walkers. Our medical team coordinates with the patient’s family to ensure seniors receive the best care in the autumn years of their lives.

  • Seniors feel confident, even in times of crisis, from 24-hour-a-day care. We are the first and only hospital in Southeast Asia to have received accreditation for senior patient care in the emergency room.
  • We provide emergency care to more than 3,000 seniors every year.
  • Our multidisciplinary team consists of specialized doctors and nurses who have received training in how to care for elderly patients and enable them to lead normal lives, just as they had prior to their illness.
  • We offer comprehensive geriatric healthcare, from the moment we collect patients at home, to their arrival in hospital and safe return home, all enabled by our fleet of ambulances and expert medical teams.
  • Our facility was carefully designed to provide maximum comfort and safety for aging patients, using specifications from the American Medical Association in the United States.

*Certified by the American College of Emergency Physicians, effective April 15, 2022 through April 30, 2025.

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