Shoham Geriatric Center
Shoham Geriatric center is a “post-acute care” hospital with emphasis on rehabilitation and functional recovery due to diverse disabilities such as stroke, fractures and mechanical ventilation. The staff is highly dedicated and active in teaching and research. Research is focused on the special aspects of post-acute care in the geriatric population, aspects of long term care and special attention to preventive medicine and health policy.
Post-acute care research topics include geriatric rehabilitation issues such as delirium assessment and management, falls prevention, infections in the special setting of post-acute care, weaning from prolonged mechanical ventilation, cognitive and functional evaluation in post-stroke rehabilitation and the effect of spirituality on rehabilitation outcomes.
Long term care research topics: neurodegenerative diseases with special emphasis on dementia and behavioural symptoms associated with dementia, polypharmacy and end of life dilemmas.
Research regarding preventive medicine includes increasing the awareness to osteoporosis treatment in order to prevent fractures and developing memory enhancement techniques. Healthy policy research focused on the difference in dementia care in the center of Israel and the periphery.
Selected Publication 2010-2014
1. Ben Natan M, Shachar I, & Garfinkel D. End-of-life needs as perceived by terminally ill older adult patients, family and staff. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2010
2. Vigder C, Ben Israel Y, Meisel S, Kaykov E, Gottlieb S, Shotan A. Management and 1 Year Outcome of Oldest-Old Hospitalized Heart Failure Patients: A Subacute Geriatric Hospital Survey. IMAJ, 2010
3. Merims D, Nahari H, Ben-Ari G, Jamal S , Vigder C, Ben-Israel J. Wandering in a Dementia Special Care Unit: Behavioral aspects and the risk of falling. Isr Med Assoc J. 2013
4. Smuali, T, Har Noy R, Ben Natan M & Ben Israel, J.(2013). Reporting adverse events at geriatric facilities: Categorization by type of incident and function of reporting personnel. Int J Health Care Qual Assur. 2014.
5. Merims D, Golan Shemesh D, Nahari H, Arharov O, Ben Ari G, Ben Israel J. Differences in diagnosis, follow-up and treatment of patients with dementia living in the peripheral areas compared with the central areas of Israel. Dementia (London). 2013
6. Ben Natan M, Heyman N & Ben Israel, Y. Identifying risk factors for falls among elder in-patients in geriatric rehabilitation departments in Israel. Nursing Rehabilitation 2013.
7. Kaykov E, Vigder C, Ben Nathan M, Zheludkov S, Ben Israel Y. Identifying predictors of successful weaning off long-term mechanical ventilation among the elderly. Respiratory Care 2013.