To our valued patients and families,
We at Bergen Geriatric Care are facing the challenges and the unknown of these unprecedented times along with you and want you
to know that as a small, independent practice we are working tirelessly to adjust to this fluid situation. We all are working hard
to manage a new disease, follow and create new testing and treatment strategies and protect our patients and staff.
As part of new guidelines all of our patients at long term facilities (nursing homes, Assisted living communities, rehabilitation facilities)
will be tested for the Coronavirus over the next few weeks.
Due to the high volume of tests and the rapidly evolving situation we apologize for not being able to place individual phone calls
regarding the timing of the testing or call to report negative results. If the test is being obtained due to concern for an active infection,
or if the test yields a positive result we will of course reach out to you to discuss the next steps.
Our website is currently being updated with pertinent links and resources to answer and address common questions and concerns.
We truly understand the need for ongoing conversation — especially during this time of physical separation — and we are doing our best
to balance it with our available resources. These resources, such as our work force and time, are unfortunately currently strained
amidst the pandemic, but we assure you that the safety of our patients remains our focus during this time.
With best wishes for your health and safety, the team at Bergen Geriatric Care
To all our patients, please take a few minutes to complete our health questionnaires for us to provide the highest level of comprehensive quality care.
We care genuinely about the health and safety of our patients and take every measure available to ensuring their well being.
To become a new patient, please call the office at 201.387.2003.
Advanced Care Planning
Understandably, matters relating to end of life and incapacity are difficult to discuss, however it enables physicians and clinical care staff to provide the type of health care that an individual expresses he or she prefers. If a loved one is unable to make such decisions for him or herself, our goal is to provide care that honors the wishes our patient.
We encourage you to discuss your feelings and beliefs about these subjects with those who may become responsible for making decisions for you such as family members, friends and your physician. Advanced directives provide an important written statement of your wishes to others, but discussing your wishes with others is the key to ensuring that your wishes are understood. Candid conversation can significantly reduce the chance of disagreements occurring between those who care for you, and may relieve your loved ones of some of the heavy burdens of decision making, while lending additional assurance that your wishes will be respected.
An Advance Health Care Directive (Advance Directive) is a document in which you give instructions about your health care if, in the future, you cannot speak for yourself. You may appoint someone to make health care decisions for you. You may give instructions about the kind of health care you do or do not want.
In a traditional Living Will, you state what your wishes are regarding life-sustaining medical treatments if you should become terminally ill. In a Health Care Power of Attorney, you appoint someone else to make medical treatment decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself. The Advance Directive combines and expands the traditional living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney into a single comprehensive document.
POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is an approach to improving end-of-life care, encouraging doctors to speak with patients and create specific medical orders to be honored by health care workers during a medical crisis. A POLST form is a legal document for people with advanced illness that specifies the type of care that individual would like in a medical emergency.
For your reference/consideration, please download forms for Durable Power of Attorney (Health Care Proxy,) POLST and DNR (Do Not Resuscitate).
Clinical Resources and Patient Education by the American Academy of Family Physicians
Information on Antibody Tests
Official Site of the State of New Jersey
NJ Covid-19 Informational Hub
World Health Organization
Home Centered Care Institute (HCC)
Disinfectants Active Against SARS-Cov-2
Covid-19 Antibody Testing
Executive Directive No. 20-026 Directive for the Resumption of Services in all Long-Term Care Facilities
Goals of Care in the
Prepare for Your Care
Compassion and Choices
The Conversation Project
Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions
Planning for Future Medical Decisionshttps://www.elderguru.com/downloads/your_life_your_choices_advance_directives.pdf
Part of optimizing preventive healthcare includes vaccinating against avoidable infections. The following vaccines are indicated in our senior population:
TdaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
Please review Vaccination Information Statements, created by the CDC to inform patients and families of vaccination benefits and risks. These information guides can be found at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html
National Council on Aging
Although we understand that the internet may be a source of medical information, not all websites are necessarily accurate and thus might be misleading. We would suggest the following links for your consideration:
National Institute on Aging
National Council on Aging
Centers for Disease Control
Planning for Future Medical Decisions
National Institute on Aging