Hamilton Health Sciences

Hospital Elder Life Program

Contact Information

General Site: 
905 521 2100 ext 76498    

Juravinski  Site:
905 521 2100 ext 42801

Who We Are:

Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)

Clinical Director:  Jennifer Kodis

Clinical Manager:  Carol McKenna ext 12304

The Hospital Elder Life Team:   The HELP Team consists of Elder Life Specialists, Elder Life Clinical Nurse Specialist, Doctors and highly trained volunteers.

Volunteers provide services up to 3 times a day, 7 days a week:

Services include:

  •  Visits by a friendly person every day
  •  Activities to keep the mind working
  •  Social activities
  •  Help with movement and walking
  •  Help to  relax and sleep without medication
  •  Help with eating and provide company during meals
  •  Help with special needs for seeing and hearing

Patients Served

The HELP team works with patients over 75 years old. 

The program serves patients located at the following sites:

Hamilton General Hospital - Wards 4W, 5W, 8S and and 8W.

Juravinski Hospital - Wards B3, E2, E3, F3, F4 and F5.

Services Provided

HELP is a delirium prevention program.  

We know that many seniors, while in hospital, have problems with their memory, thinking and mobility.  The Hospital Elder Life Program helps keep the mind and body as active as possible.


No referral is needed.  Patients in these areas of the hospital are checked to see if this program will work for them.

 Becoming A Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers to join our team!  We provide the training you will need! Please click here for more information.

HHS Volunteers

Patient Education

HELP Workshop Materials:

Educational Events

Geriatric Certificate Program; A Half-Day Workshop on the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) - May 6, 2015 

Starting HELP At Your Hospital; A One-Day Workshop – NOTE: NEW DATE: November 6, 2015


Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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