When Stella McFarland and her family were transported to the emergency department at Inspira on a recent Thursday morning, they didn’t know she would be getting treatment in a specialized area designed for seniors.
In a separate waiting area, large windows with natural light replace harsh, artificial light. The chairs stand at different heights, accounting for patients who may come in with wheelchairs, walkers or other physical aids, and inside the emergency patient rooms, outside sounds are almost completely muted once special glass doors are shut.
Those are just some of the features of Inspira Medical Center Vineland‘s new Senior Emergency Department, which officials say was created to meet the needs of a growing elderly patient population.
“We recognize that seniors respond differently to medicine and treatments than other adults, so it was our goal to implement a specialty program catered to their needs,” said John DiAngelo, Inspira Health Network President and CEO.