Specialty Care for Seniors
Memorial Hermann Southwest recognizes that our senior clientele is unique and deserves specialized services dedicated to its needs. We are proud to offer hospital units designed with the needs of senior patients in mind.
Watch this three minute video tour of the Senior Unit at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston.
Senior Emergency Center
Our Senior Emergency Center is located on the 1st floor, near our existing Emergency Center. It serves the emergency medical needs of patients age 65 and older.
This specialized ER offers more privacy and a dedicated medical team. The doctors, nurses, and clinical staff are a group of passionate caregivers who strive to provide what patients need in an environment specially designed for seniors.
Families of senior patients have access to a private waiting room, and patient triage rooms are also larger with amenities such as thicker mattresses, new furniture, and enlarged wall clocks.
The Senior Emergency Center works very closely with our hospital's Senior Medicine unit and Senior Behavioral Care unit to accommodate patients who need to be admitted into the hospital.
The Senior Emergency Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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Senior Medicine Unit
For senior patients who have an acute condition requiring hospitalization, we offer a Senior Medicine Unit, located on the 6th floor of the hospital.
Our medical staff includes a dedicated, inter-disciplinary team of health care providers. The Senior Medicine team is a group of very passionate caregivers, who constantly meet to re-evaluate processes in order to ensure that the very best patient experiences and expectations are met. We focus on the prevention of complications and promotion of physical function and independence.
Renovated Hospital Wings
We offer two renovated wings of the hospital, designed to meet the medical needs of seniors. The unit provides:
- Comfortable, private hospital beds
- Highly qualified staff and dedicated nurse practitioner
- Library and lounge available for family and caregiver use
Typical diagnoses admitted to the Senior Medicine unit include patients 55 years or older who experience:
- Acute pain
- Altered mental status/delirium
- COPD exacerbation
- Diabetic issues
- Dizziness, syncope
- Electrolyte abnormality
- GI issues/abdominal pain
- Non-surgical fractures
- Sepsis/other infections/fever
- Urinarty tract infection (UTI)
Note: These diagnoses are not exhaustive
Complementary programs at the senior unit include:
Important Phone Numbers
- Hospital Main Line: (713) 456-5000
- Senior Emergency Center: (713) 456-6603
- For a Primary Care Physician: (713) 456-5348