Date & Time
Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
472 The Many Benefits of a Patient Companion Program*

To meet the increased needs of aging and infirm incarcerated persons, the Delaware Department of Corrections implemented a Patient Companion Program, a home health aide education program to teach incarcerated persons how to provide assistance to patients within the facility. Under the watchful eyes of health care and custody staff, these trained individuals are employed in the infirmary and specialized housing units to aid those who require assistance with activities of daily living, reading, letter writing, or overall companionship. The presenters will showcase the positive aspects of the program for the patients, companions, and staff, while also discussing the challenges involved.

Educational Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of NCCHC Standard C-06 Inmate Workers
  • Distinguish between Certified Nursing Assistants and home health aides
  • Analyze the program's positive impact on the incarcerated individuals involved, custody, and health care staff

Level Intermediate