Community Geriatrics forms an important element of the frail, older person's healthcare, covering the period before a medical crisis which may or may not result in admission to hospital, and after a medical crisis. It includes issues such as case finding and overlaps with health promotion, but its primary focus is reducing admissions to hospital and as far as possible and preventing re-admissions by ensuring that the older patient receives adequate and appropriate care within the community, whether at home or in residential care. It is also concerned with interface geriatrics, i.e. the interface between primary and acute phases of the patient's journey.
The Community Geriatrics Special Interest Group (formerly the Primary and Continuing Care SIG) welcomes as members, general practitioners, geriatricians, nurses and therapists. Membership of the British Geriatrics Society is not obligatory (although a certain percentage of the group's membership does need to hold BGS membership as well).
If you are interested in joining the group, whether you're a BGS member or not, click here to find out how to sign up.