Hospital Elder Life Program

Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) for Prevention of Delirium

A comprehensive patient-care program that ensures optimal care for older adults in the hospital. HELP prevents delirium (a sudden state of confusion or change in mental state) and loss of functioning.

Photo courtesy of Alain McLaughlin, California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific Campus, San Francisco, CA

For Clinicians

Health care professionals who provide care to older adults work on the front lines in treating delirium. HELP provides background information and resources on how to assess, prevent, and treat delirium.

Existing HELP Sites

Existing HELP sites can access a wide array of resources as well as the opportunity to connect with HELP Centers of Excellence to ensure the success of their program. Login to explore.

The Latest from HELP

2015 HELP Conference Registration is Open

Registration for the 2015 HELP Conference is open!  This year’s conference will be held March 26-27, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center.  Our conference theme

Dr. Inouye’s HELP article featured as a “Landmark article for advancing the practice of geriatrics”

Dr. Sharon Inouye's original article on HELP ("A multicomponent intervention to prevent delirium in hospitalized older patients), published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1999, has been

Delirium Guidelines from the American Geriatrics Society

Yesterday, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) released the new AGS Clinical Practice Guideline for Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults.  This guideline was developed by the AGS Expert