Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) Receives Donated iPads for Older Adults in Need
May 13, 2020 7:50 AMWhile the University Hospital’s new visitor policy has affected all patients and their families, it is especially true of those patients over the age of 70. Hospitalized older patients have been significantly impacted by this policy, as isolation can lead to mental confusion, emotional disruptions, and even delirium.
The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) stepped up to tackle this issue. HELP is a structured program designed for hospitalized older patients designed to prevent functional decline throughout their hospitalization; volunteers utilize daily interventions, such as providing companionship, to help maintain physical and cognitive functions. With HELP volunteers unable to visit in person, they turned to iPads to be able to connect with patients virtually.
After putting out a call for iPad donations, HELP was connected with CaptionCall, Delcom and Brydge. CaptionCall and Delcom each donated 30 iPads and Brydge generously donated 70 iPad accessories, including charging cables, keyboards, and cases. CaptionCall is a local telecommunication company that specializes in helping the hearing impaired use the phone, either through transcripting the calls or using ESL translators who interpret the conversations.
“We want to thank CaptionCal, Delcom, Brydge, Dr. and Mrs. Gerry Rothstein, and several others for their generous donations,” says Alijana Kahriman, HELP Coordinator. “Thanks to their donations we have been able to move our program to a virtual platform. This virtual platform allows us to continue visiting our older patients in order to help prevent delirium during their hospitalization. Patients have also been able to utilize the iPads to connect with their family members and friends during this time when visitors are not permitted in the hospital and social isolation is prevalent. The music, games, and other apps on the iPads have also been utilized in order to keep older patients engaged. Again, we are truly thankful for these donations and we cannot thank our donors enough!”