Patient toolkit for COVID-19 patients with delirium | from the Hospital Elder Life Program
The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) has created a patient toolkit for hospitalised older adults to help maintain their cognitive and physical functioning during COVID-19. The aim is to minimise confusion or fear while experiencing delirium, which can be aggravated by being in unfamiliar surroundings and being treated by staff wearing PPE.
The toolkit is a downloadable and printable pdf for staff and includes:
- A verbal de-escalation pocket card for staff
- Patient exercises
- Patient relaxation tools
- Patient therapeutic activities (such as puzzles)
Staff can use parts of the kit that they find useful. For example, exercise examples provided may not be appropriate for all patients and each part of the kit can be used independently of the other resources included.