A hospi­tal set­ting adapted to se­niors

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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.

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The CSSS Mem­phrem­a­gog has adopted sev­eral mea­sures to help se­niors who need to spend some time at the hospi­tal to main­tain their ca­pac­i­ties.

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