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

HELP and Delirium in the news: Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital

HELP at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN was recently featured in the Minnesota Public Radio story, "Hospitals finding ways to fight delirium in elderly patients."

Grand River Hospital wins Award of Excellence

Grand River Hospital's (Kitchener, Ont, Canada) HELP staff and volunteers have won their hospital's November Team Award of Excellence for supporting older patients.  They were nominated by a

HELP/Delirium Prevention Special Interest Group at GSA Annual Meeting 11/19

Susan Heisey, MSW, HELP Program Director at Inova Health System (HELP Center of Excellence) and Dr. Jonny Macias, 2014-2015 HELP Fellow are hosting a HELP/Delirium Prevention Special Interest Group at