Age strong, live long

May 3, 2017

Fully committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve by promoting healthy aging, Penrose-St. Francis Primary Care for Seniors is devoted exclusively to serving the healthcare needs of adults aged 65 years and older. Recent health initiatives have encouraged the promotion of wellness and self-care among the elderly. Studies have shown that comprehensive and patient-centered, wellness programs consolidated in one location are most effective for aging populations. Penrose-St. Francis Primary Care for Seniors was created to provide a broad range of screening and counseling services, health education programs and management services for older adults.

 

We know that there is a need to provide better, comprehensive care to our region’s aging population and this is a fresh, new approach to take care of patients in a preventive, multi-disciplinary and convenient setting,” 

said Dr. Gary Klein

 

Specially trained healthcare professionals at Penrose-St. Francis Primary Care for Seniors are sensitive to the needs of aging adults, with a multi-disciplinary care team ready to help patients live well and maintain a maximum level of independence. The care team includes three primary care physicians, a nurse practitioner, pharmacist, behavioral health counselor, health coach and a care navigator who work closely with patients and their families to meet individual healthcare needs and concerns. 

 

“We know that there is a need to provide better, comprehensive care to our region’s aging population and this is a fresh, new approach to take care of patients in a preventive, multi-disciplinary and convenient setting,” said Dr. Gary Klein, one of the primary care physicians at Penrose-St. Francis Primary Care for Seniors. “It’s also a very effective way to prevent emergency department visits and hospitalizations that are not necessary, which happens a lot in older patients.” 

 

We work with our patients to make sure we have an accurate and complete medication list and history, that their vaccines and immunizations are in order and that they’re taking the lowest doses possible.

 

 

Penrose-St. Francis Primary Care for Seniors physicians and nurses understand the unique health care needs and insurance changes faced by older adults, with care tailored to meet those needs and surpass their expectations. Keeping patients’ convenience and accessibility in mind, same-day appointments are available for registered patients, as well as on-site lab and radiology, online access to health records and reserved parking.

 

To promote wellness and healthy aging, physicians and nurses work with patients and family members closely to ensure medication reconciliation and proper consumption, explained primary care physician Dr. Emily Valenta. 

 

“A major concern for aging patients is taking too many medications at the same time, not taking them correctly, or taking medications that have adverse reactions to each other,” Valenta explained. 

 

“We work with our patients to make sure we have an accurate and complete medication list and history, that their vaccines and immunizations are in order and that they’re taking the lowest doses possible.”

 

Penrose-St. Francis Primary Care for Seniors provides care for patients on a Medicare Advantage Plan through UnitedHealthcare®. To learn more, please call (719)776-4650.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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