ROCHESTER, N.Y. — It’s no secret that our population is getting older.
“Their needs are very different than perhaps the needs of someone in their 20’s or 30’s,” said Timothy Lum, M.D., Highland Hospital Chief of Emergency Medicine.
So, hospital emergency rooms are changing.
“I think we’ve made a lot of efforts, particularly with our older patients, to get them back into a room, and seen by a provider as quickly as possible,” said Lum.
Across the country, rapidly-aging baby boomers are finding simple new amenities in emergency rooms, which makes their stay more comfortable.
“This will help keep them a little bit oriented. This is changed every day with the month, day and year…and large faced clocks. It’s been a really good feature, so that they can kind of keep track of what they’re doing, throughout the day,” said Michelle Michael-Korn, Highland Hospital Emergency Nurse Manager.