Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Department of Medicine

Geriatrics

Clinical Service Chief

George Taffet, M.D.
Clinical Service Chief

U.S. News & World Report

Houston Methodist Hospital ranked among the country's top hospitals in 12 specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 America's Best Hospitals issue, and was named the No. 1 hospital in Texas.

Houston Methodist Hospital ranked among the country's top hospitals in 12 specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 America's "Best Hospitals" issue, and was named the No. 1 hospital in Texas.

Houston Methodist Hospital understands that mature patients have unique needs when it comes to their health care. Our Geriatrics Division is a multidisciplinary group of experts providing personalized services, as well as comprehensive care and education regarding age-related conditions for older patients in every department of the hospital.

Loss of physical, mental or emotional independence can be a devastating consequence of hospitalization for a patient and his or her family. At Houston Methodist, our specialists address all of these issues with the compassion and respect older patients deserve. Rather than just treat the condition, we treat the whole person and their loved ones, connecting them to family counseling and community services as needed.

Our Services

Our division provides a broad spectrum of in-hospital services for mature patients, including but not limited to:

  • In-hospital consultation
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessments (including medical history; cognitive, emotional and social health; medications; and level of independent functioning for outpatients)
  • Care provided in Houston Methodist's Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Care for patients with multiple medical conditions
  • End-of-life care
  • Family/caregiver counseling
  • Nursing home and assisted living information
  • Home visits after discharge
  • Connection to community resources

Houston Methodist's affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine's Geriatric Medicine Associates (GMA) allows us to provide top-quality care and clinical services to our patients; instruct and inform the next generation of physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others; and has helped us attain our ranking as one of the nation's best hospitals for geriatric care from U.S. News & World Report.