Someone once said, “Do not regret growing older; it is a privilege denied to many.” And yet it’s easy to take the aging process for granted. One St. Louis healthcare provider, Washington University Geriatric Primary Care, helps you pay respect to how your body changes as you age, with a simplified doctor’s visit that can address all of your concerns, including overmedication.
“Access to care is important to us,” Dr. Tim Holden says. “We’re focused on having same-day or next-day visits, if needed. One of the luxuries we have is time. We give patients 60 minutes for new visits and 30 minutes for follow-ups.”
Washington University Geriatric Primary Care recently relocated to a new office in the Mirowitz Center, a senior-focused destination that offers a restaurant, physical therapy, hearing and vision services, and exercise programs.
“Our medical office is part of a host of services that are aimed for older adults,” Holden details. “Right now, with most other providers, you go to one place and then get six referrals. Our idea is to simplify that process. The hope is that this will be a one-stop shop. Grab a bite to eat and then check all of those boxes on your to-do list.”
You’ll find added comfort in knowing you have a say in your health and the kind of care you want going forward, with the insightful evaluation and shared decision-making conversations you experience at the office.
“We don’t start with the medical problem and come up with a plan,” Holden explains. “Instead, we start with individual preferences in care and shape the treatment plan to those goals. That’s a shift in the standard approach of the medical model.”
Another unique aspect to the practice is its team-based approach that extends beyond a multi-disciplinary medical team to partnerships within the community through established outreach programs, like in-home assistance. Washington University Geriatric Primary Care looks beyond what ailments you may face, such as memory loss or incontinence, to what kind of access you have to pharmacies and what kind of support you have available.
“We have learned there’s so much more to an individual’s health than their disease or medical diagnoses,” Holden adds. “It’s the context of their daily life that is so important. We try to encapsulate that with a holistic picture of an individual’s health.”
At Washington University Geriatric Primary Care, you can trust that your age will never be taken for granted. Representing a unique partnership between Washington University and Covenant Place, the clinic is supported by a generous grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. The clinic's space, which focuses on providing geriatric primary care, offers specialized geriatric assessment and weight management.
Washington University Geriatric Primary Care operates as part of a senior service hub within the Mirowitz Center on Covenant Place's campus, with access to physical therapy, legal and social service assistance, banking services, recreational classes and a café. This single location for seniors allows them to obtain a range of services that can help them to age successfully at home.
Washington University Geriatric Primary Care, 8 Millstone Campus Drive, Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place, 314-273-4374, physicians.wustl.edu