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

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


THREE-MINUTE DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT IS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL IN IDENTIFYING DELIRIUM IN HOSPITALIZED ELDERS Known as 3D-CAM, the test could be an important tool to help clinicians and nurses more quickly

HELP Special Interest Group at GSA Annual Scientific Meeting

Date and time: Friday November 7, 7:00a – 8:00a Location: Room 207B, Walter E. Washington Convention Center Interested in improving acute care outcomes, including preventing delirium and