Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) at Home is an inpatient sub-acute substitution service which offers an alternative approach to delivering in-patient care and treatment to older people within their own home environment.
Clinical service overview
We offer specialist assessment and therapy from geriatrician’s, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and pharmacists in a goal orientated, time limited program.
Patients admitted to GEM at Home are classified as an in-patient of Caulfield hospital and receive between one and three home visits per day from members of our interdisciplinary team depending on the individual’s goals, and access to 24 hour telephone support. The average length of stay in GEM at Home is 18 days, during this period our patients receive active case management and discharge planning.
Patients must reside within the Alfred Health catchment area.
Typical therapies and treatment offered in GEM at Home include:
- geriatric assessment
- pain management
- falls risk assessment
- chronic illness management
- medication review and management
- wound care
- blood monitoring including warfarin
- daily subcutaneous IM/IV medication administration
- physical therapy
- home equipment assessment
Personal care and home help is not available.
Refer your patient
Fax referral to us
We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service.
All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency. Patients requiring immediate assessment should be sent to the Emergency & Trauma Centre.
To refer your patient, complete and fax a referral to us. For urgent referrals, also contact the service Registrar to discuss the case.
To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results.
If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the service Registrar on call on (03) 9076 2000.
- Referral enquiries 0439 526 869
- Referral fax (03) 9076 4825