Resources for Seniors
In addition to our programs and services for older adults, these Abington Health resources may be helpful for seniors, their families and caregivers:
Caregivers Resource Room
In this special room, patients, family members and the community can explore senior-related information to find answers and guidance.
Material offered covers a wide range of subjects. Visitors will find articles, details on community resources and benefit program information, as well as counseling and computer access.
Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the ground floor of the Dixon Building, Abington Memorial Hospital. To learn more, call 215-481-2837.
Healthcare Advance Directive
By filling out this document, you give directions about your future health care and who should make medical decisions for you if a situation arises where you may be unable to speak for yourself.
After completing an Advance Directive (also called a “living will”):
- Keep the original signed and dated document where you keep personal documents
- Tell a family member or friend where you have stored it
- Give a copy to your physician, decision-maker and substitute decision-maker
- Review this document occasionally, adding the date and your initials to show that your wishes are current
A pocket-sized advance directive is available free by calling The Muller Institute for Senior Health at 215-481-2571
Palliative Care Service
This service is for patients in Abington Memorial Hospital who have advanced medical illness, especially chronic and progressive life-limiting conditions.
Palliative care helps create open communication in difficult situations, provides information and supports patient choice throughout serious illness.
Our specialized palliative care team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and a chaplain focuses on meeting each individual's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. The palliative care team helps by:
- Ensuring that pain and other symptoms are managed
- Discussing patient wishes
- Establishing the goals of in-patient care
- Planning for the future course of illness, including talking about choices patients are likely to face
- Discussing various treatment options and possible effects
- Providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and families
Abington Memorial Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission Health Care Services Certification for its Palliative Care Program. This recognizes inpatient programs with exceptional care that optimize quality of life for patients with serious illness and their families.
The services of the Palliative Care team are initiated upon the request of the patient's attending physician. To learn more, call 215-481-6839
Patients needing transportation to Abington Memorial Hospital for outpatient diagnostics and treatment may use the van service, for a nominal charge of $3 each way. Pick up must be within an eight-mile radius of the hospital.
Van trips are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.
To arrange a ride, please call 215-481-4845. Reservations must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Cancellations calls are also requested within 24 hours of your scheduled pick up.