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The Hospital Elder Life Program (H.E.L.P.)
A program helping seniors get the most out of their hospital stay.
Why is the Hospital Elder Life Program needed?
The elderly population is a vulnerable group with multiple chronic health conditions and special needs
People aged 65 and older account for more than 48% of all days of hospital care
Functional and cognitive decline and delirium (confusion) occur in 33-50% of hospitalized older people
Loss of independence and institutionalization are frequent outcomes
Volunteers will perform caring activities with patients aged 70 years and older.
Caring activities include:
1) Communication/Comfort - Keep patients aware, alert and oriented to their surroundings with equipment for hearing, vision and orientation.
2) Relaxation - Reduce stress and promotes better sleep. Eases symptoms of anxiety using breathing, music, hand/neck massage, nail painting and herbal tea.
3) Recreation - Offer interesting activities for the mind and body using talking, cards, puzzles and reading material.
4) Meals - Encourage healthy eating and drinking and offers companionship during mealtime. Volunteer training is provided.
To learn more about this type of program. Click: Hospital Elder Life Program
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