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