A new volunteer program is helping prevent delirium in older patients at Westfields Hospital & Clinic.
The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) is based on an award-winning international delirium prevention model developed at the Yale University School of Medicine. Through HELP, volunteers connect with patients identified as being at risk for developing delirium during their hospital stay. Typically, these patients are over 70, or have a history of delirium, dementia or other cognitive issues. Patients staying for extended care may also benefit from the program.
“I just think it’s a really good program,” said Jane Rosauer, a volunteer with the program at Westfields, who admits she wasn’t sure how valuable her impact would be prior to starting. “I wondered if it was really that strong as a preventative program, but now I can see it really engages people and works. It’s very eye-opening and I can see the value.”