Geriatric clinics opening in the Choctaw Nation
The Choctaw Nation is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new Geriatric clinics in the McAlester, Idabel, Poteau, and Talihina facilities. A clinic will also open next to the Employee Health Clinic on Westside Blvd in Durant. The opening of the clinics is one piece of the Healthy Aging Initiative introduced in March by the Choctaw Nation Health Services.
The Healthy Aging Initiative provides care management involved with wellness, social services and geriatric functional assessments by an RN case manager. These services are provided throughout the 10.5 counties of the Choctaw Nation. Four board certified or board eligible geriatricians have been hired by the Health Service and will be an integral part of the Healthy Aging Initiative. The ratio of geriatrician to patient population ranks the Choctaw Nation in the top 5 percent of this field of medicine.
The Geriatric clinics will provide patient centered, team based care for clients 65 years and older. Our elders are a high care priority for the Choctaw Nation. The new clinics will provide evidenced based, best practices in geriatric care. The goal is to help elders maintain the most independent level of living possible. Geriatric patients have complex medical and/or social needs, such as memory problems, gait or balance issues, depression or anxiety, medication management as well as other problems associated with aging. The needs of the aging patient tend to be more complex and take more time to provide a thorough assessment and care.
The clinics provide consultative services through referrals from the patient’s primary care provider or self-referral. Patient must have CDIB card to receive services. Regardless of the referral source or reasons for the consultation, the clinic will maintain regular communication with the patient’s primary care provider regarding the team findings and recommendations. For more information, please contact the Choctaw Nation Health Services. To learn more about these services and referral to a clinic, please call 1-800-349-7026 ext. 33004.