Friday, April 8, 2016 9:00 am ·  0 Comments
By Paul McIvor
The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) will be launching at the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) in April 2016 and will offer an innovative approach to providing care for older adults with the goal of preventing delirium and functional decline. On March 30, 2016, the Oakville Hospital Volunteer Association (OHVA) proudly presented $2,000 to OTMH in support of HELP.
Hospitalized older patients may experience a decline in their physical and mental abilities which makes it difficult for them to fully recover from their illness and return to their previous ability to function. The Hospital Elder Life Program was created by a geriatrician, Dr. Sharon Inouye from Yale University to prevent these problems.
Goals of HELP
Two Elder Life Specialists at OTMH, Gaye Morgan and Shirley Coughlin, serve as coordinators of the
program and design patient-specific activities that are carried out up to three times a day by highly
trained HELP volunteers.
Elements of the program:
“We are thrilled to be introducing the Hospital Elder Life Program at OTMH. As our population ages and the needs of our older patients increases, programs such as this will help to enhance the well-being and safety of our patients. We are pleased to include HELP as an integral part of our Safer Elder Care initiatives.” – Kim Kohlberger,Director, Rehabilitation and Geriatrics, Halton Healthcare
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