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

Reminder - Register for the 2015 HELP Conference Today!

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

Delirious: Study Finds Simple, Humane Fixes for Aged, Disoriented Patients

The patient was an older man, living at a nursing facility. He’d originally been admitted to the hospital for surgery to treat a urinary tract infection. But now, lying in his bed at the hospital

Hospital Elder Life Program aims to prevent confusion

As a volunteer gently helped Eva Fields sit up in her hospital bed, the 87-year-old patient promptly stood up and starting doing tai chi. “Come on, move your body,” Fields told volunteer Quinn