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Special ERs to calm the elderly


As the number of elderly people swells, more hospitals  are opening emergency rooms especially designed and run for seniors, says a story in The Columbus Dispatch that focuses on Ohio hospitals.

The story notes that many emergency medical treatment facilities can be chaotic and confusing, especially with older patients who may have cognitive issues.  So ERs for old people are being staffed  with specially trained personnel, and  with have calmer, more comfortable surroundings to reduce patients’ anxiety and confusion.

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