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10/10/2019

HELP Now a Part of AGS CoCare Portfolio

The Hospital Elder Life Program is undergoing an exciting new merger with the American Geriatrics Society, becoming a part of their CoCare portfolio. The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has licensed the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) and will be folding it into its portfolio of “CoCare” programs, programs that embed geriatrics expertise in broader interdisciplinary care for conditions common among older adults. In short: the evidence-based approach of HELP remains the same, but includes new resources and tools to enhance implementation and responsiveness.

AGS CoCare: HELP™ will be available through subscription at http://HELP.agscocare.org. This is an exciting new expansion of the seminal program that put delirium prevention on the map. The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) has been improving health outcomes and reducing costs for more than 20 years. With support from the AGS, AGS CoCare HELP™ will enable greater access to our model for delirium prevention, thanks to:

  • A new and improved website with easy to access tools & resources for implementation & sustainability
  • An interactive online educational curriculum
  • Dedicated staff support
  • A virtual community for connecting with AGS CoCare: HELP™ colleagues anytime, anywhere
  • Opportunities for more frequent updates to HELP tools
  • Streamlined access to expert assistance via coaching calls and other opportunities

“Empowering health systems to recognize, manage, and prevent delirium is one of the hallmarks of geriatrics, one that put the specialty on the map,” notes Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH, who developed the original Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), now known as AGS CoCare: HELP™. “With this critical expansion of a key program that made delirium prevention possible, we now have bandwidth through the AGS to demonstrate to more health systems than ever before how collaborating with geriatrics leads to improved health, safety, and independence for us all,” Dr. Inouye concluded.

Read more from the official press release here, and stay tuned to learn more about how to gain access to HELP materials through this transition.