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


More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

In Delaware, the projected growth rate of Alzheimer’s is among the highest in the Northeast, with approximately 26,000 people coping with the disease or a related disorder.

Living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can be difficult and frustrating for patients and caregivers alike. Individual treatment plans and extensive support from health professionals with special expertise in managing these diseases can make all the difference in the world.

The Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation ensures that our neighbors have access to expert assessment and advice. Our medical team helps patients and families manage the journey by offering essential support, education and guidance. It is the first and only comprehensive outpatient program of its kind in Delaware.

Philanthropy in Action

Since opening our doors in 2011, thanks to a cornerstone gift of $1.25 million from the Howard W. Swank, Alma K. Swank and Richard Kemper Swank Foundation, the Swank Memory Care Center has been on a significant growth path. Patient visits have grown from 600 in 2011 to a projected 1,500+ visits in 2015. Your partnership with us plays a pivotal role in helping us serve our community.

Philanthropy helps sustain value-added services like caregiver support and respite services. Often not reimbursed by insurance, these vital programs enhance the outstanding clinical care provided at the center.

Looking ahead, our goals include an expansion of services including increased resources for caregiver support and opportunities for appropriate and interested patients to participate in clinical trials with the new medications that offer hope of arresting the progression of Alzheimer’s disease’s devastating effects.

Please consider making a gift today to the Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation. As shared by one caregiver, “We had doctors dealing with dementia at other institutions but the Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation stands alone. It is the only place that was not only for the patient but was a constant source of support for the caregiver and family.”

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