Kauvery Hospital, a multi-speciality hospital in Chennai, India, has advanced its healthcare services to senior citizens with the launch of an orthogeriatrics department to provide holistic orthopaedic care.

Claimed to be the first of its kind in India, the department merges the specialities of orthopaedic and geriatrics in order to offer a comprehensive care with good infrastructure and amenities that are patient-friendly, reported The New Indian Express.

The orthogeriatrics facility, which is spread over 12,000ft², features 15 inpatient beds for exclusive care. The facility has amenities for physiotherapy and rehabilitation, as well as advanced medical equipment such as dexa scan.

"These findings underline the fact that with a growing elderly population in the country, there is a need to strengthen geriatric care services."

The hospital claims to have a team of physicians, nurses and physiotherapists, who specialise in geriatric care. The department is headed by orthogeriatrician Dr Aravindan Selvaraj.

Dr Selvaraj was quoted by the publication saying: "The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in its study jointly brought out with Help Age International, points that the number of people in the 60+ age group will increase from the current 100 million to 323 million by 2050, constituting 20%of India’s total population by then.

"It further predicts the number of people over 80 to increase seven fold. It is also of concern that the study discloses, that around one-fifth of the elderly live alone or only with spouses in both rural and urban areas.

"These findings underline the fact that with a growing elderly population in the country, there is a need to strengthen geriatric care services so that the increasing healthcare demands of the elderly can be met."