Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Senior Friendly Hospitals –how about more volunteers, dementia training?

Yes, a good idea. I do think that we simply need staff who can identify dementia vs. delirium, who are trained in geriatrics, and understand functional decline. Healthcare professionals who understand those hard of hearing, can identify mental health issues, or can work with whose first language is other than English.
We know what happens when seniors spend a time in hospital. We know how to prevent decline.

 

 Ontario Senior Friendly Hospital (SFH) Strategy Update 

In September 2010, the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) collectively identified the Senior Friendly Hospital (SFH) Strategy as a cross-LHIN priority for province-wide implementation with a goal to promote hospital practices that better meet the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs of older adults.  The vision of the SFH Strategy is to optimize the health and wellness of older adults while they are hospitalized and to support their
safe and timely transition home or to the next appropriate care environment.

  • A web-based toolkit including modules on delirium and functional decline was developed in 2012.
Common indicators were developed for hospital‐acquired delirium and functional decline.This process was completed in November 2012, and the full report is available. 

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