Preventing Delirium 301-1: Alternatives to Hospitalization

Consider alternatives to hospitalization in at-risk patients:

If resident of long-term care or assisted living facility, is the facility capable of managing the acute illness?

For patients in independent living, can they be cared for at home?

  • Hospital-at-home program
  • Home care services (RN, PT, OT) for post-ED follow-up, monitoring at home and/or evaluation of home environment
  • Primary care provider outreach for early follow-up

Key point

Use interdisciplinary team in the ED to help with coordination of care.


OT, occupational therapy

PCP, primary care provider

PT, physical therapy

RN, registered nursing