AGS CoCare: HELPTM is a comprehensive care program for hospitalized older patients, designed to prevent delirium and functional decline. The program integrates the principles of geriatrics into standard nursing and medical care on any hospital unit, and brings geriatric expertise to the forefront of patient care decisions throughout an institution.
AGS CoCare: HELPTM provides targeted interventions implemented by a skilled interdisciplinary team (including a geriatric nurse specialist, specially trained Elder Life Specialists, and trained volunteers) who addresses a broad scope of geriatrics concerns that can contribute to preventing cognitive and functional decline during hospitalization, from cognitive orientation and stimulation to greater sensitivity toward family support, education, and individualized discharge planning.
How can AGS CoCare: HELPTM advance care at my institution?
On average, delirium cases dropped by more than 30% among hospitals employing HELP.
HELP also has reduced costs by more than $7 million annually at participating hospitals, a savings of more than $1,000 per patient.1,2,3,4Delirium affects more than 2.6 million older adults per year in the U.S., accounting for more than $164 billion annually in excess Medicare expenditures.
AGS CoCare: HELPTM—formerly known as the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) and created by Dr. Sharon Inouye—set out to change that, and has done so with resounding success.
The progress HELP has supported rests on its streamlined, stepwise approach, particularly when it comes to embedding fundamental geriatrics principles into the fabric of existing care structures.
What's included in my institutional subscription?
AGS CoCare: HELPTM provides institutions with a variety of resources to help support program implementation.
Comprehensive Implementation Toolkit
The AGS CoCare: HELPTM Implementation Toolkit includes products and tools that are key to implementing the program. These tools will include guidelines, templates and protocols designed to ensure successful adoption and implementation at your hospital.
Online Educational Curriculum
The Online Educational Curriculum is a self-directed, structured curriculum with 14 interactive modules. These modules will help to educate clinicians on the specific needs of older adult patients with delirium as well as train the HELP team on delivering the various AGS CoCare: HELPTM protocols.
Volunteer Training Toolkit
With volunteers as an important and vital component of successful implementation of AGS CoCare: HELPTM, the Volunteer Training Toolkit provides all the necessary materials and step-by-step guidance needed to educate the volunteers for delivering the AGS CoCare: HELPTM protocols directly to patients.
AGS CoCare: HELPTM Certification will provide hospitals with recognition and acknowledgment based on their level of implementation of the program.
Group Coaching Calls will be offered to all AGS CoCare: HELPTM implementation sites. These calls will be led by AGS CoCare: HELPTM Experts to address specific topics related to implementing the program and offer the opportunity to receive guidance and assistance while also connecting and networking with other implementation sites.
Through an exclusive virtual platform, program adopters can network and share knowledge, best practices, and brainstorm with fellow HELP programs as well as HELP Centers of Excellence and the AGS CoCare: HELPTM Advisory Board and Program Staff.
1 Inouye, S.K., Bogardus, S,T,, Charpentier, P.A, Leo-Summers, L, Acampora, D., Holford, T.R., & Cooney, L.M. (1999). A Multicomponent Intervention to Prevent Delirium in Hospitalized Older Patients. New England Journal of Medicine, 340(9): 669-676. doi: 10.1056/NEJM199903043400901.
2 Rubin, F.H., Neal, K., Fenlon, K., Hassan, S., & Inouye, S.K. (2011). Sustainability and scalability of the Hospital Elder Life Program at a community hospital. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(2): 359-365. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03243.x.
3 Hshieh, T.T., Yang, T., Gartaganis, S.L., Yue, J., & Inouye, S.K. (2018). Hospital Elder Life Program: Systematic Review of Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 26(10): 1015-1033. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2018.06.007.
4 Hshieh, T.T., Yue, J., Oh, E., Puelle, M., Dowal, S., Travison, T., & Inouye, S.K. (2015). Effectiveness of Multi-Component Non-Pharmacologic Delirium Interventions: A Meta-analysis. JAMA Internal Medicine, 175(4): 512-520. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.7779