Geriatric evaluation and management (GEM)Locations:
Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) supports people who have had an injury, illness or medical condition, or who have a disability and are finding it difficult to engage in everyday activities. We offer therapy to try and improve a person’s function.
This is a specialised 26-bed unit aiming to:
- increase your independence
- reduce long-term healthcare needs
- reduce the need for community care
- increase your ability to do things you want to be able to do
- work together to set goals with you, your family and carers to improve quality of life.
Find us at:
300 Princes Highway
Werribee Victoria 3030
The inpatient subacute ward is located in the Catherine McAuley Centre, level 1.
How can people get access?
Enter via the main entrance and take the lift to level 1.
What to do before
What will happen once you are on the ward?
- you will be assessed by our team
- together, we will work with you and your family or carers to set goals for your stay and ongoing wellbeing
- we will develop a plan to help you work towards you goals
- we will offer care and assistance to support you in your activities, and help prevent any falls or pressure injuries
During your stay:
- we will encourage you to get dressed, sit out of bed and, if able, to do things for yourself
- we will assist you to complete therapy and daily activities to work towards your goal(s)
- we will regularly discuss your progress towards your goals with you and your family/carers
- together we will discuss when you are likely to leave hospital. This may change throughout your stay
- we will discuss the supports that you may need when you leave hospital with you and your family or carers, and help arrange these supports
What to bring
- 3-4 sets of comfortable day clothes e.g. t-shirts, blouses, track pants, nightwear, underwear, socks
- suitable footwear: flat lace-up shoes e.g. runners
- toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, comb/brush, shampoo, soap, shaving equipment, continence aids
- glasses, hearing aids, dentures
- Medicare and pension card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card (if you have one)
- any medications you have been taking or using before hospital
- important documents such as powers of attorney, advance care plans
- activities you enjoy e.g. books, crosswords, music, knitting
- photos or personal touches from home if you wish.
What to expect on the day
Discharge time to leave the hospital is 10am.
Once you are ready for discharge, the ward will discuss transport home with your family. If you are being discharged to a residential care facility, the ward will arrange ambulance transport for you.
The ward pharmacist will arrange medication for you to take at home or collect from your local pharmacy
A summary of your care will be sent to your local doctor and relevant specialists, to ensure they are aware of what has happened whilst you have been in hospital and any future plans.
The team involved in your care may include:
- consultant geriatrician
- medical staff
- occupational therapist
- social worker
- speech therapist
- allied health assistant
- pastoral carer
- diabetes educator
- ward clerk
Services can be arranged to support your recovery. These services could include:
- nursing care, including assistance with medication, wound care, diabetes care, or care of a catheter
- home care
- personal care
- shopping assistance
- therapy such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy, to continue exercise programs and recovery
- transition care program: a time-limited program that offers both bed-based or community-based support for people transitioning from hospital. Assessments for this program are undertaken by our team; we determine specific goals to assist with your recovery. Once you have been assessed, the care coordinator will discuss your care plan with you, or your family or carers. Fees for the service may apply. For more information about the transition care program, please visit: health.vic.gov.au/hospitals-and-health-services/patient-care/rehabilitation-complex-care/transition-care-program
Alternatively, phone enquiries about the Transition Care Program can be made on 03 8754 3824
Who to call if you have concerns afterwards
If you have any medical concerns after your discharge from the unit, please consult your GP or call the GEM ward on 03 8754 3033.
For health professionals
The Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Unit helps people who have had an injury, illness or medical condition, or who have a disability and are finding it difficult to engage in everyday activities. We offer therapy to try and improve a person’s function and independence.
Our team aims to:
- increase a patient’s independence by working with them and their families to set goals for therapy and ongoing wellbeing
- provide supportive discharge planning in collaboration with the patient and their family or carers.
This is achieved by:
- stabilising their medical condition
- participating in comprehensive medical assessment
- developing therapy programs tailored to each person’s abilities.
The subacute unit offers:
- a team approach to identifying healthcare issues and management
- patient-directed goal setting
- functional rehabilitation programs tailored to each person’s ability
- provision of equipment for use while in hospital and resources for equipment required for discharge
- referral to medical specialists and other health professionals
- medication management
- nutrition and dietary services
- family and carer meetings
- discharge planning including liaison and referral to community support services and supporting patients, families and carers with the residential care pathway.
How to prepare the patient
We encourage patients in the GEM ward to get up and get dressed, sit out of bed and, if they are able to, do things for themselves each day.
Patients are assessed by therapists who develop individual therapy timetables. The therapist will help patients participate in their therapy.
Our specialised geriatric team will provide ongoing management of the patient’s medical needs, including referring them to specialist physicians as required. Appropriate diagnostics and treatments will be determined by this team in collaboration with other specialists where appropriate.
What/when you should refer to us
Referrals can be made when the patient is medically stable and they have been assessed by a geriatrician who has recommended Geriatric Evaluation and Management.
What/when you should not refer to us
The Werribee Mercy Hospital subacute unit cannot take referrals for patients requiring rehabilitation following:
- major trauma
- amputation of lower limbs.
The unit cannot accept a referral if a patient is not medically stable.
Additional contact details
Inpatient Subacute Ward
Werribee Mercy Hospital
Level 1 Catherine McAuley Centre
Werribee Vic 3030
Phone: 03 8754 3033
Fax: 03 8754 3122
Werribee Mercy Hospital
300 Princes Highway
Werribee Victoria 3030
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