Crozer-Keystone Geriatric Resource Center Opens at Springfield Hospital
Springfield volunteer Mattie Cunningham greets
visitors at the Geriatric Resource Center
The Geriatric Resource Center at Springfield Hospital is now open and fully functional to the public, making this center the first of its kind for Crozer-Keystone Health System.
The center, located on the first floor of the main hospital near the patient registration area, gives older adults and their caregivers access to information on a variety of different health-related topics. The information provided at the resource center covers topics such as keys to finding the right retirement or long-term care community in Delaware County and surrounding counties; tips on long distance caregiving; how to choose a doctor; and mourning the death of a spouse. The center also has information on preparing for surgery, diseases like diabetes in the elderly, and dealing with depression. The resource center also has applications for PACE and PACENET as well as the Pennsylvania Low Income Energy Assistance Program.
The desk in front of the resource center is monitored from Monday through Friday by hospital volunteers from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., but anyone can access information during all hospital hours.
“This center has been well-received by our community, and that makes it a success,” Smith says. “It is amazing how people have gravitated to the area, but I am not surprised. Everyone has put a lot of effort into this project so it is only right that it gets the kind of attention it has gotten so far.”
Looby says that if the resource center doesn’t have the information a person is looking for, patients and families are encouraged to inform the volunteer at the front desk or contact Senior Health Services and they will research and access the requested information. Looby adds that Janet Kalup, director of Volunteer Services at Springfield Hospital, played an important role in the development of the project and continues to do so by making sure her volunteers at the desk are well-informed on how to greet visitors of the center, helping them find any information they may be looking for.