Hospital Elder Life Program

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HELP is a specialized volunteer program that provides extra attention and care to senior citizens admitted at Clara Maass. Started through a generous grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, our goal is to keep seniors engaged and as comfortable as possible during their hospital stay.

HELP program goals are:

  • Maintaining physical and cognitive functioning throughout hospitalization
  • Maximizing independence at discharge
  • Assisting with transition from hospital to home
  • Preventing unplanned readmissions

HELP offers many services, with support from caring volunteers, including:

  • Daily visitor (orientation/reminiscence)
  • Therapeutic activities (games, relaxation)
  • Early mobilization (range of motion exercises ambulation)
  • Fluid repletion and feeding assistance
  • Live music therapy

If you or your family member is interested in having access to these services, contact the Geriatric Coordinators at 973-450-2631 or fabiana.alvarez@rwjbh.org.

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Contact information: 973-450-2631

  • Become a HELP Volunteer

Geriatric coordinators work together with hospital staff and trained volunteers to provide patients with the best possible care during their hospital stay. If you are interested in volunteering and helping patients, click below for more information.

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