Senior Health

Alameda Health System offers education, support, information, and assessment services for seniors, their families, and their caregivers through our Senior Health program. Our program works with older patients in ambulatory, long-term care and hospital-based settings.

Our staff is trained to evaluate and manage the spectrum of geriatric syndromes, including dementia, delirium, falls/imbalance, depression, and failure to thrive. They have the skills needed to provide in palliative care in the basic domains of communication, symptom management, navigating through care settings, and psychosocial support.

Our team focuses on the function of older individuals. We review the "geriatric vital signs" of mobility, mental status, continence, nutrition and integrity of the skin.

We recognize that senior care raises unique issues. Our staff also is available to work with family members and caregivers. We provide information and referrals on such topics as:

  • Caregiver support
  • Care services at home
  • Alzheimer’s disease/dementia
  • Medicare/Medi-Cal
  • Advance health care directives
  • Housing options
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Legal resources
  • Transportation
  • Meal programs
  • Adult day activity programs
  • Support groups

Fall Prevention Center

The Fall Prevention Center is a service developed by Highland Hospital’s Trauma Department in cooperation with the Senior Health Department, Pharmacy, Physical and Occupational Therapy and the Alameda County Senior Injury Prevention Partnership. The Fall Prevention Center is a one-stop access point to identify older adults who are at risk for a fall and provide them with assessments, screenings, education, resources and interventions that will decrease their fall risk and thereby reduce the number of preventable falls suffered by older adults in Alameda County.

The Fall Prevention Center provides physical and occupational therapy assessments, medication review, fall prevention education and home safety resources for older adults who have high risk factors for falling.

The United States Congress awarded a Certificate of Recognition to Highland for launching the Fall Prevention program.