Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Swank Center for Memory Care
and Geriatric Consultation


Can memory impairments be prevented?

It depends on the root cause of the memory problem. However, by adopting healthy habits, there is a chance you may enhance your memory or delay memory problems. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, adequate sleep, social engagement, and stress reduction will improve your health overall and may benefit your cognitive functioning too. In addition, some research suggests that keeping your mind active by learning new skills or “exercising” the brain with challenging activities such as puzzles can help keep the mind and memory sharp.

Is memory loss purely genetic?

While there is evidence that some memory disorders can be passed down through family members, there are a number of lifestyle factors that affect the memory. Some factors that may affect the memory include:

  • Medications.
  • Alcohol, tobacco and drug use.
  • Head injury.
  • Sleep deprivation.
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
  • Endocrine disorders including diabetes mellitus.
  • Vascular disease including stroke.
  • Depression and stress.

My loved one is exhibiting signs of a memory disorder. How can the Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation help us?

The Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation can help in many ways. Our multidisciplinary team allows input from geriatricians (doctors focused on elder care), as well as from our geriatric psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, medical assistant, social worker, community educator and administrative staff. This team works together to conduct a comprehensive memory assessment, collaborate with primary care clinicians, refer to appropriate specialists, schedule appointments, coordinate care, discuss treatment, caregiving options, and provide vital follow-up care. We are here for you and your significant other with the support you need every step of the way. For consultations, please call us at 302-320-2620.

What kinds of tests do doctors use to determine if I have a memory problem?

Following a comprehensive medical history and physical examination, clinicians at the Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation will employ a series of assessments that test for neurological, psychological and cognitive function. Additional evaluation by neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists or other behavioral health specialists may be necessary, as well as testing of blood and urine, and imaging tests such as a CAT scan or MRI. Our staff can provide referrals and help you make appointments with these specialists, as necessary.

What is the difference between a Geriatric Assessment and a Memory Assessment?

A geriatric assessment is a 1.5 hour assessment of medical history and physical examination with a comprehensive healthcare focus.

A memory assessment is an hour-long assessment that focuses primarily on memory impairment. This consultation will also address medication management, evaluation and treatment of dementia, patient and caregiver education, and psychosocial needs.

How long will my appointment take?

A memory assessment will take approximately 1.25 hours to complete, while a geriatric assessment will take approximately 1.5 hours.

Who should come to my appointment?

Patients are encouraged to bring at least one family member and/or caregiver to appointments.

What information should I bring with me?

You should bring current insurance card(s) and an up-to-date medication list. A list of past medical illnesses and medication trials (including doses and effects) will make your visit more efficient. Please, also bring your glasses and hearing aid with you, if appropriate.

Do I need to complete any forms prior to my appointment?

Yes, please call 302-320-2620 for more information.

Do I need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral to make an appointment at the Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation. Please call 302-320-2620 to schedule an appointment.

Is this visit covered by my insurance?

Most primary insurances cover 80 percent of the cost for the visit and secondary insurances cover the remaining 20 percent.

Where should I park?

Visitors at Wilmington Hospital may use the high-rise parking garage, 24 hours per day. The first two hours are free. The parking garage is regularly patrolled by ChristianaCare constables. Valet parking is available. Follow the traffic signs to the valet-parking area.

Is handicapped parking available?

Yes, handicap parking is available on the Wilmington Hospital campus.

Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation
Wilmington Hospital
501 W. 14th Street
Gateway Building, 5th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801 directions