Emergency Department designed for Seniors

By Jen Christensen

March 24, 2011 Updated Mar 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM CDT

Methodist Medical Center now has five rooms in its emergency department designed especially for senior citizens. The buttons on the phones are bigger, the television is closer and there are speakers next to the pillows. When a senior citizens is in the emergency department, he/she is also visited by a social worker to talk about programs in our community that cater to seniors. The goal is to help senior citizens continue to live independently by getting them enrolled in Life-Line, Meals on Wheels and other programs. Jen Christensen talked to Emergency Services Director Tony Howard and social worker Joy Meachum in this month's Healthwatch. For more information, head to www.mymethodist.net.

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