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Good Samaritan Hospital Launches Companion Program for Geriatric Patients

September 3rd, 2014

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Geriatric Fracture Program, a multidisciplinary program that streamlines admissions of geriatric patients, 65 years and over, with bone fractures, has launched a Geriatric Companion Program. Patients who do not have family available for visits are linked with a carefully selected junior volunteer trained to provide companionship such as talking, reading or playing cards during their hospital stay. Most importantly, this recent hospital initiative promotes safety and emotional support to patients who may experience periods of delirium.

“Our first junior volunteer, 16-year-old Lacey, has really embraced the program,” said Nurse Manager on 3 South Unit Yorlet Torres, RN. “The patients are very happy to share stories with the junior volunteers and they are truly appreciative of the initiative.” 

For more information on Good Samaritan’s Geriatric Fracture Program, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

Photo: Elaine Uvino, 72-year-old Islandia resident, playing cards with junior volunteer Lacey Troy.

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Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
(631) 376-4483

 

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