As you grow older, your healthcare needs change. Like many older adults, you may enjoy an active and vigorous lifestyle. Yet you may be encountering specific challenges that can be made easier with help from a dedicated healthcare team, from managing a chronic health condition to determining the best living situation for your age and ability.
In the Sutter Health network, we offer a range of programs and resources designed to help you age with as much vitality, independence and dignity as possible and enhance the quality of your life.
CPMC has been awarded a Center of Excellence designation, a prestigious international recognition, for our Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) by the American Geriatric Society.
HELP is an effective and innovative model of hospital care designed to prevent both delirium and functional decline. The program integrates the principles of geriatric care into standard nursing and medical care at our hospitals. It also brings geriatric expertise for patient care decisions for those enrolled in our ACE Unit at Mission Bernal Campus as well as patients 70 years or older with geriatric syndromes at any of our CPMC hospitals in San Francisco. Geriatric syndromes include conditions such as dementia, depression, delirium, incontinence, vertigo, falls, spontaneous bone fractures, failure to thrive, and neglect and abuse.
HELP has been shown speed recovery, reduce hospital readmissions and improve patients’ satisfaction with their care.