Comprehensive Care For Seniors
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital has a long history with and strong commitment to its senior community. We are one of only five NICHE designated hospitals in Illinois. NICHE, Nurses Improving Care for HealthSystem Elders, is an international organization that promotes relationship-based senior care.
As a NICHE center, we are committed to providing sensitive and exemplary care to meet the medical, psychological and emotional needs of our senior patients. Our program features a geriatric advanced practice nurse, who works closely with hospital staff to help identify and address acute geriatric issues.
Older Adult Services have been in place for over three decades. By providing a variety of programs, it is our hope that seniors can remain safely in their homes for as long as possible. For more information about these programs please contact Older Adult Services at 847.723.7770.
Our programs include:
- Medical Model Adult Day Service provides a variety of health, social and support services for seniors in a protective environment during the day. Each attendee receives a personal care plan, designed to meet their individual health care needs. Activities are held throughout the day with programs designed to meet a variety of abilities and interests. Our hours of operation are 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Monday through Friday. Transportation may be available depending on Call 847.723.7770 for more information, tours and fees.
- Home Delivered Meals is a support service for homebound elderly or individuals with disabilities in Maine Township (unincorporated Des Plaines and Park Ridge) who are unable to prepare their own meals. A hot noon meal is delivered Monday through Friday by staff or volunteers. We have the ability to provide specific dietary needs.
- Emergency Response System - Philips Lifeline is a twenty four hour emergency response system that links older adults to help by simply pushing a button. The newest technology will even detect a fall by the event itself and summon help. There are no contracts to sign. Older Adult Services will assist in the education and installation of the system.
- Senior Information and Resource is a free service that connects individuals with social workers who provide information on a wide variety of services and programs for seniors regardless of their location. For seniors, calling this number is an entry point to many of our other services.
- Expressions Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is aligned with the Alzheimer’s Association to address all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease—the most common type of dementia. Our Expressions program is especially helpful for patients in the early stages of dementia. It provides an opportunity for participants to utilize their brains in new ways, which is helpful in improving memory and cognitive skills.
- Senior Advocate has personal billing counselors to answer questions and provide assistance with Medicare and supplemental insurance billing. Seniors who visit Lutheran General Hospital, Lutheran General affiliated physician offices and/or receive other services can bring their bills to us. Our staff will help these individuals better understand what can sometimes be a confusing array of paperwork. Please call: 847.723.7277
- Senior Lecture Series is held the third Friday of every month from 8:30am. to 10:00am. A continental breakfast is served and over 60 seniors attend each month. Topics cover senior interests and health concerns. Call Senior Advocate, 847.723.7277 for more information.
Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit
Lutheran General Hospital features a 14-bed Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit, specializing in the stabilization of geriatric syndromes. Our experienced geriatric specialists create treatment plans to manage behavior and address any underlying psychiatric issues.
Patients have access to a number of therapies in the unit such as:
- Music therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
Family members are included in the treatment team to ensure continuity of care as patients return home or transition to a nursing home.
A partial hospital program is also available for patients who do return home and require extra help after hospitalization. Most often these patients are in the early stages of dementia.