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Elder Care

As you -- or a loved one -- age, your health care needs change. Treatments that are geared for a younger person are typically not appropriate for someone over 65. Roger Williams and its comprehensive network of elder care is here for every step of your journey. We are proud to be part of Rhode Island’s most complete system of elder care, which means our team follows you through every setting -- the hospital, long-term care, or in your home.

Our commitment starts in the community with primary care doctors -- included certified geriatricians -- who know and trust the services we provide. For elders who require a hospital stay, Roger Williams has held NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) certification since 2006, confirming our commitment to providing excellent care to older patients. Other in-hospital specialties include a dedicated geriatric psychiatry unit and the state’s first elder-friendly Emergency Departments, launched in 2013 at both Roger Williams and our affiliate Fatima Hospital. Roger Williams is also home to the state’s first and only Geriatric Oncology program, specifically designed to address the needs of seniors with cancer.

Senior-friendly Emergency Departments

“NICHE-certified hospital care”

For those needing excellent long-term care, Roger Williams is affiliated with Elmhurst Extended Care, an award winning elder care community that employs the innovative Eden Alternative philosophy. Here, choice, meaning and dignity are restored to the lives of elders who call Elmhurst home. In 2014, Roger Williams became the first hospital in Rhode Island to be certified in Advanced Palliative Care by The Joint Commission. This means we are recognized experts in delivering medical care for patients with serious illnesses, at any age, and at any stage of the disease whatever the diagnosis. And for those who need care in their own home, CharterCARE Home Health Services provides a wide array of care.

Most importantly, at every level, there is communication and coordination. This means your medical history -- including up-to-the-minute changes in health status -- is shared with all your caregivers across our system. This is our philosophy: a full team of elder care experts working together to ensure the best outcomes for elders and peace of mind for their loved ones.