Groves Memorial Community Hospital offers senior patients a Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP).
We recognize that many older adults, while in the hospital, have difficulty with memory, confusion, nutrition and mobility. The Hospital Life Elder Program provides specific interventions to help keep the mind and body active, so cognitive and physical functioning can be maintained.
Services are provided by HELP staff and volunteers. The HELP team includes the Elder Life Specialist, Elder Life Clinical Nurse Specialists and highly trained volunteers. To participate, patients must be 65 years of age or older with one or more risk factors for functional cognitive decline or delirium.
Risk factors include:
- Decreased mobility or ADL impairment
- Pre-existing cognitive impairment, dementia, history of delirium
- Sensory impairment (vision, hearing)
- Inadequate caloric intake or dehydration
- Sleep deprivation
- Geriatric interdisciplinary assessment and interventions coordinated by an Elder Life Specialist
- Assistance from specially trained volunteers, overseen by interdisciplinary professionals, who provide the following programs:
- Daily Visitor: Orientation, communication and social support
- Feeding Assistance: Help and companionship during meals
- Therapeutic Activities: Mental stimulation and socialization
- Early Mobilization: Daily exercise and help with mobilization
- Vision / Hearing: Adaptations and equipment
- Linkage with community services to assist with the transition from the hospital to home
If you or a loved one are interested in the program and would like more information, please contact: