The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) is a volunteer based program created in the 1990s by a geriatrician in the United States. The program started as a research model to prevent delirium in hospitalized older patients, but continues as a structured, volunteer based intervention in hospitals across the world. The main goal of this program is to maintain cognitive and physical functioning of high risk older adults throughout their hospitalization.
The unique aspect of HELP is that it engages and trains volunteers to perform targeted interventions with elderly patients in a hospital setting. Interventions include daily orientation, basic active range of motion, meal set-up and encouragement, and recreational activities. This allows patients to receive personalized and holistic care that positively impacts their social well-being and recovery.
Volunteers undergo an intensive training that equips them with basic skills needed to work in a hospital. The training and hands-on experience they receive can be transferable to various settings and can be used with a variety of patients. Many of our volunteers go on to have careers in health care, where they implement the valuable skills learnt during their time with HELP.
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