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Innovative Geriatric Models of Care & Programs

HELP is a program designed to prevent delirium in acutely ill, at risk, hospitalized patients through the use of volunteer administrated, validated protocols. The program is administrated by a physician director who is assisted by a masters level recreational therapist and a masters degree nurse. The program also uses principles of geriatrics to maintain maximal levels of patient independence and, therefore prevent nursing home placement. While assigned to the Acute Hospital Rotation, the Fellow will assist the team in the evaluation of patients and will help administer protocols to patients.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.