A hospital setting adapted to seniors
on statistics from geriatric experts which were provided to the health and social services Ministry, the adapted approach involves interventions that have a positive effect on seniors who need to spend some time at the hospital.
It has been shown that a stay in the hospital constitutes a significant risk of loss of autonomy for seniors, something that can slow down or even prevent their return to their home. The studies reveal several important facts: for one day spent immobilised, it takes a senior three days of moving about to regain their capacities; 50% of seniors experience a loss of mobility following a hospital stay; when a senior stays in bed, they lose bone minerals 50% faster that younger people; staying active will result in less complications and will maintain the capacities of the senior.
For several years, the CSSS Memphremagog has had prevention programs to maintain the independence of seniors. For example: the pinpointing of semi-autonomous seniors when they visit the ER, the fall prevention program, prevention and rehabilitation programs for those suffering from a chronic condition such as diabetes, breathing and cardiovascular illnesses.
At the CSSSM, personnel take many measures to help seniors staying at the hospital to remain independent. They are encouraged to eat their three meals a day sitting in a chair, if they are able; they are encouraged to wear their glasses, their dentures or hearing aids; they are encouraged to walk, wash themselves, dress themselves, etc.; a clock and a calendar are in every room; comfortable geriatric armchairs and adapted bathrooms are available.
The CSSS Memphremagog has adopted several measures to help seniors who need to spend some time at the hospital to maintain their capacities.