The Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit at Community Memorial Hospital is focused on early rehabilitation to prevent functional decline for the hospitalized older adult. The unit is specifically designed for the elder population (age 70 and older) with a focus on the following:
- Medication appropriateness
- Encouraging movement and mobility
- Improving self-care
- Preventing skin breakdown
- Pain control and management
- Early discharge planning
Elderly patients often have multiple complex medical conditions and are at greater risk of complications and functional decline when hospitalized. Frail, elderly patients who are hospitalized are also more susceptible to falls, skin breakdown, confusion and infection.
The ACE Unit allows for patient-centered care, frequent medical review, early rehabilitation, early discharge planning and an elder-friendly environment. The unit is comprised of geriatric-focused physicians, geriatric-trained nursing staff, social workers, pharmacists, therapists and dietitians. This team is focused on the special needs of this population.
Our hospital is a member of NICHE, Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders. NICHE is the leading nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals and health systems improve the care of older adults. NICHE hospitals report higher patient and family satisfaction rates and more positive outcomes for older adult patients.
ACE Unit Eligibility
To be eligible for admission to the ACE Unit, the patient must be at least 70 years or older, and have an acute condition requiring hospitalization. Candidates for admission to the ACE unit include patients who are most at risk for developing confusion, worsening weakness, prone to falls, or who are on multiple medications. Patients that present to the Froedtert Hospital Emergency Department may be sent to Community Memorial Hospital ACE Unit for specialized geriatric services.
ACE Care Team
Patients are cared for by a team of professionals with geriatric expertise. Each of the care team members participate in daily rounds (Monday-Friday) to review each patient individually, develop an appropriate daily plan of care, and provide appropriate recommendations.
For more information please contact the ACE Unit Leadership at 262-257-3737 (Monday-Friday).