Published on February 23, 2017

Nazareth Holds Open House for Senior ED Care

Senior EDNORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (February 24, 2017) – As part of its focus on caring for older adults, Nazareth Hospital hosted a blessing ceremony and open house to showcase care and facility improvements for patients 65 and older who come to the hospital’s Emergency Department.

Nazareth Hospital Chaplain Father Jacob John performed a blessing for the staff and the newly decorated senior waiting area on February 14.

Emergency Department colleagues, including Senior Care Nurse Navigator Lindsay Lion, BSN, RN, CEN, conducted walk-throughs of an emergency department patient bay that featured new amenities for elderly patients such as amplifying headphones to help those with hearing impairment; new, short-legged stools with hand rails to help seniors get into and out of beds; easier-to-read signs with larger lettering; large, comfortable geriatric chairs to help patients stand from a sitting position; and designated parking spaces for seniors in the visitors’ lot.

“Over the past few years, geriatric emergency medicine has emerged as an important specialty. Patients over 65 are more likely to go to the emergency department and be admitted to the hospital,” said Nancy Cherone, Executive Director of Nazareth Hospital. “The improvements of our emergency department will meet the needs the needs of our community’s seniors and make it a more satisfying experience for the biggest population we serve.”

Nazareth Hospital has implemented other initiatives to enhance care for seniors. For instance, Lion, the senior care nurse navigator, personally follows up with senior emergency department patients to ensure they have clear and accurate discharge instructions, and access to resources they need to reduce their chance of another ED visit.

Another example is the staff and physician education curriculum Nazareth implemented for Emergency Department colleagues—a program focused on the unique needs of seniors. In addition the Nazareth Hospital Center for Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and Balance has a created a balance program, to help seniors reduce their risk of falls and increase their strength, stamina and mobility.