St. Mary's Emergency Care Gives Seniors Extra Attention

St. Mary's Emergency Care Gives Seniors Extra Attention

04-29-2016

St. Mary’s Medical Center believes seniors deserve a bit of special attention. St. Mary’s Emergency Services has developed a program called Senior Comforts—Emergency Care.

More than 10,000 "baby boomers" turn 65 every day.According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and AARP, America is not fostering age-friendly policies and practices that reflect this trend in our communities.

We've made some changes to help our seniors feel more comfortable and confident while they receive treatment. Some rooms have been converted to reflect designs that acknowledge the changes we face when aging. Our age-friendly spaces focus on many obstacles to treatment, including accessibility, safety and comfort for our aging population:

  • More privacy - Quiet areas which are large enough to accommodate the dignity of the patient and extra seating for family members who often need to be with older loved ones receiving treatment.
  • Warmer environment - Temperatures in the rooms reflect the needs of older patients, whose bodies don't keep them as warm as they used to.
  • Blankets that have been warmed are available at all times.
  • Larger, easy-to-read clocks and signage. Large-print magazines are available to read while waiting.
  • Softer-colored surroundings with better lighting and dimmers giving patients control of their environment.
  • Assistive devices for hearing and vision.
  • Slip-resistant floors with handrails and grab bars.

St. Mary's is committed to going above and beyond to meet our patients' needs. The Emergency Department is open around-the-clock to serve you when you need medical help.