Stanford Hosiptal & Clinics has achieved "Senior
Friendly" status for its NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for
Healthsystem Elders) program. NICHE is the premier designation
indicating a hospital's commitment to excellence in the care of
patients who are 65 years and older. The "Senior Friendly"
status recognizes Stanford's NICHE program for having implemented the
NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model and aging-sensitive
policies, as well as for having included input from patients, families
and community-based providers in planning and implementation of NICHE
The "Senior Friendly" status was assigned following a
rigorous self-evaluation of the current state and future goals of the
NICHE program at Stanford.
"To be able to implement best practices for the care of aging
adults at Stanford is indeed so gratifying," said Rita Ghatak,
PhD, director of the Aging
Adult Services Program. "With the promise of longevity upon
us, improving the care of aging adults is now an imperative. This
recognition demonstrates that Stanford is making the care for aging
adults a priority."
SHC's Aging Adult Services Program (AAS) was created in 2006 to
address issues related to aging and to offer a "continuum of
care" model in outpatient, home, inpatient and sub-acute
settings. With its staff of elder-care experts and geriatricians, AAS
has recognized and addressed the needs and concerns of aging adults
and their families in the hospital, clinics and home. As a part of
developing services for aging adults, Stanford has invested in
intensive work to become certified as a NICHE hospital. Training of
in-patient RN's is ongoing and being done by the nursing department
"Achieving 'Senior Friendly' status is a wonderful recognition
and it signals our commitment to provide compassionate,
patient-centered care for older adults," said Nancy Lee, vice
president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.
"The NICHE program allows us to have trained professionals who
understand complexities among aging adults and are able to provide
geriatric best practices for wellness, prevention and ongoing care coordination."
NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an
international program designed to help hospitals improve the care of
older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65-and-over to
be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to
provide principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of
health care facilities to achieve patient-centered care for older
adults. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing, consists of over 400
hospitals and health care facilities throughout North America. For
more information, visit www.nicheprogram.org.