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The HELP Program
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About the Core Interventions
HELP joins a skilled interdisciplinary team with geriatric expertise, to a highly trained and supervised volunteer staff. This provides an effective system to consistently provide interventions that address the special needs of older patients.
Hospital Elder Life Program staff (Elder Life Specialist and Elder Life Nurse Specialist) assess and enroll patients who meet specified enrollment criteria and determine which interventions are appropriate based on each patient's needs. Patients receive personalized interventions that evolve to match their changing needs throughout the course of hospitalization.
Enrolled patients are regularly reassessed by HELP staff, and supervised volunteers administer interventions that are reassigned daily and tracked for adherence.
HELP provides an organized system to actually do what everyone knows "should be done" in the care of older persons.
HELP Services Include (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2000;48:1697-1706):