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- A multi-faceted, volunteer-led, hospital-based program1has been shown to: •Reduce the incidence of delirium •Decrease hospital length of stay •Reduce hospital costs.
- Implementation of such a program requires upfront investment.
- A smaller, volunteer-based visitation program for older adults may provide support for the allocation of more hospital resources in delirium prevention and establishment of a formal Hospital Elder Life Program1in this institution.
- This research aims to investigate: •If the implementation of a visitation program is feasible at this hospital •Volunteer experience with the program.
volunteer-based hospital program, older adults, patient safety
Family Medicine | Geriatrics | Medicine and Health Sciences | Palliative Care
Collins, MD, Elizabeth and Swartz, MD, Kristine, "Implementation of a Volunteer-Based Hospital Program for Older Adults" (2018). House Staff Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Posters. Poster 85.