Mercy Health Albury's Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit (GEM) provides support to elderly people who are medically unwell and unable to care for themselves. The aim of the 20-bed GEM Unit is to stabilise medical conditions, participate in a comprehensive medical assessment, develop therapy programs and educate. The multidisciplinay team includes a geriatrician, doctors, nurses, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, diversional therapist, dietitian, pastoral carer, social worker and an aged care assessment team.
Young's Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) services are provided by health professionals on a regional or area basis, funded by the Commonwealth Government. It is made up of an occupational therapist, social worker, nurse advisor/coordinator with access to physiotherapist, psychogeriatric nurse and specialist geriatrician. Young ACAT provides services to the shires of Young, Harden and Boorowa. We assist frail aged clients and their families, to reach the best possible decision about their care needs. These range from assisting clients to access appropriate services to remain safely at home, to assessment for high (nursing home) or low level (hostel) residential care. ACATs are very effective in helping older people remain independent for as long as possible.