Saanich Peninsula Hospital GEM Team/SARIN Team

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2166 Mt. Newton X Road
Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2

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We invite you to consider a placement with the GEM/SARIN physiotherapist to learn about the complexity of working with seniors and their families. Physiotherapy is a huge part of helping to keep our seniors fit and active in the community - you will learn a lot about best practices for falls prevention with this population.

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Placement Category: 

Acute, Community Health

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Patient population description:

The physiotherapist with the GEM (Geriatric Evaluation and Management) Team and SARIN (Seniors Integrated Health Network) Team works with seniors. GEM is an acute consultative service where patients (all seniors) are seen during their stay in acute care.

The GEM team works with acute care team to provide extra rehabilitation and senior-specific approaches to help those seniors (generally 70+ years old) who are deemed to be able to return home with or without caregivers. The SARIN team is an integrated team, meaning they are partnered with specific family physicians who wish to provide superior care and service for their seniors (in this case 55+ years old with two or more co-morbidities, i.e., chronic conditions affecting their health and function). With SARIN, the physiotherapist is able to see seniors living in the community and provide interventions to improve mobility.

Physiotherapist expertise on site (special interests, degrees, certificates, etc.):

Our physiotherapist is highly experienced in falls prevention with a focus on balance, strength and other skills that require remediation in seniors.

These types of learning opportunities may be available at this site:

- Individual falls prevention risk assessment.
-Provision of mobility aids.
-Rehabilitation of frail elders/seniors.
-Group exercise with a falls prevention focus.
-Balance assessment.
-High and low level balance retraining.
-Individual exercise programs- especially with extremely frail seniors.
-Working with clients with multiple co-morbidities- commonly diabetes, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, dementia, delirium.

Possible Interprofessional opportunities at this site:

Working with an interprofessional team including geriatricians, occupational therapists, registered nurses, rehabilitation assistants (providing supervision and direction) and other members of the greater interprofessional team.

For information on pre-placement requirements and orientation please refer to the specific health authority listing, found here.

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