@ Memorial Hermann Medical Center
Memorial Hermann’s Acute Care of Elders (ACE) Unit is a closed unit designed to manage acute medical issues in the elderly, prevent the decline that comes with the hospitalization of older people, and arrange for a successful discharge that meets the needs of the family and patient. The unit is run by Dr. Nasiya Ahmed.
What is the difference between an ACE unit and the usual hospital floor?
- Patients are managed by an interdisciplinary team, including nutritionists, therapists, and social workers
- Nurses are trained in geriatric care
- All staff are assigned to the unit ensuring consistent care and good communication
- Pharmacists review medication regimens of all patients to prevent side effects, interactions, and polypharmacy
- The unit provides spacious rooms and a comfortable environment that encourages socialization, independences, and quick, successful recovery!
What are the advantages to being in an ACE Unit?
- Better physical functioning discharge.
- Quicker diagnosis and treatment of drepression.
- Improved pain control.
- Increased patient and family satisfaction.
- Decreased risk of pressure ulcers.
- Closer follow-up in the outpatient setting.