We’re all aware of the aging of America, and the patient population at Good Samaritan Hospital is no exception. With Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, between 50 and 60% of our inpatient admissions are 65 or older.
This trend has led to an increased focus on ElderCare at Good Sam. Whether it’s providing sensory enhancers like hearing amplifiers and magnifier sheets, or providing training to employees and family caregivers, ElderCare funds will have a direct impact on the quality of life for our older patients.
Kim went on to explain the need for new stuffed animals for patients with dementia. Such patients are sometimes confused and frightened when they come to the hospital or doctor’s office. A common reaction is for them to get agitated. Kim explained that the simple act of giving them a cuddly toy often soothes the patient, much like it might for a young child. The patient can take the toy home with them where it continues to bring comfort.