Senior-Friendly Care

NICHE

Dupont Hospital’s healthcare team is committed to excellence in caring for older adults, a commitment reflected in senior-specific recognitions.

Designated Senior-Friendly Hospital 

Hospital-wide delivery of specialized care for older adults led to Dupont’s designation as a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders facility. This senior-friendly focus includes: 

  • Recognizing hearing loss, as well as vision, fall, gait and balance issues
  • Using best practices to improve transitions into and out of the hospital
  • Using an evidence-based, team approach to care
  • Including families in care plan development and execution
  • Enhancing the overall patient and family experience
  • Stimulating culture changes throughout the hospital to achieve patient-centered care
  • Providing resources to help caregivers better navigate the hospital experience and support their loved ones in dealing with
    • Community care options
    • Dementia
    • Discharge planning
    • Medication use
    • Nurse/family partnering strategies
    • Work and eldercare topics

Accredited Geriatric ED

Older adults may have conditions that require special attention in an emergency. Dupont Hospital’s accredited Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department—the first in Indiana—delivers this distinct care through:

  • Staff specially trained in health issues related to aging
  • Age-related assessments to quickly identify health risks
  • Senior-friendly rooms with age-appropriate features
  • A hip fracture program focused on early intervention and shorter stays
  • Discharge assistance, including a review of living arrangements and support

Learn more about Dupont Hospital’s emergency care specifically for adults 65+.

About Dupont Hospital’s Senior-Specific Designations

  • Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders is the only national designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to elder care excellence.
  • Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation is earned through the American College of Emergency Physicians