As our population in the United States continues to age, it is critical for hospitals to be experts in the care of older adults. NICHE is the leading nurse-driven program in the United States designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. A hospital with NICHE certification is an indication that they have specialized care for older adults and can help you determine what facility can best meet your health care needs.
What is NICHE?
- NICHE stands for Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders.
- Its mission is to provide tools and resources to stimulate a change in culture to achieve patient-centered care for older adults.
- A NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital’s organizational commitment in improving quality of care.
What benefits would I get from going to a NICHE designated hospital for my health care?
- A Geriatric Nurse Navigator is available to help the patient and his/her family sort through the many issues associated with a hospital stay.
- Geriatric Resource Nurses (GRNs) work on all inpatient units and throughout the hospital including the Emergency Department, wound healing and surgical services. These nurses have received specialized training in the care of older adults.
- Geriatric certified pharmacists review medication profiles and make recommendations to the physicians.
- Physical therapists and occupational therapists perform comprehensive assessments on our older adult patients and make recommendations for care in the hospital as well as after discharge.
- An interdisciplinary team including pharmacy, rehabilitative services, case management, nursing, and administration meet daily to coordinate the care of our older adult patients with specific disease processes.