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, Christiana Care is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Friday, Jan. 18. 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. We began restricting visitors under the age of 16 years in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Women’s and Children’s areas on Jan. 18.

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, Christiana Care está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 18 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. Comenzamos la restricción de visitas a menores de 16 años en nuestra Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Neonatales (NICU) y en las áreas para Mujeres y Niños desde el 18 de enero.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

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

Health & Wellness

Financial Assistance for Alzheimer's Caregivers

The costs involved in caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be quite high. Outlined below are descriptions of the financial options available.

Health care insurance


  • Federal health insurance program generally for people age 65 or older who are receiving Social Security retirement benefits.
  • Covers some, but not all, of the services a person with Alzheimer’s disease may require.
  • Applications for Medicare may be sent to a local Social Security office.
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE for or visit Medicare.gov more information.


  • Private insurance that supplements Medicare by covering some of the co-payments and deductibles required by Medicare.
  • Some more expensive policies offer a prescription coverage.
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE for or visit Medicare.gov more information.


Medicaid Waiver for the Elderly and Disabled

  • Allows low-income disabled and elderly persons to remain in their own homes rather than going into an institutional setting
  • Those eligible can receive all regular Medicaid services and, as needed, case management, homemaker, respite care, an emergency response system, and day care.
  • Visit Medicaid Waiver for the Elderly and Disabled.

Private insurance

  • Varies widely in the types of services covered.
  • Check to see if your loved one has private insurance, and talk with an insurance agent about the specifics of any insurance policies held.

Social Security programs

Social Security Disability

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Other financial considerations

Veterans Administration

If your loved one is a veteran of the U.S. armed services, check with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Wilmington VA Medical Center to find out about available benefits.

Tax savings

You or your loved one may be eligible for tax breaks for certain care and medical expenses. Check with an accountant or your local Alzheimer’s Association for tax-break information for caregivers and older Americans. The IRS also offers free tax-return preparation and tax counseling for the elderly.