Acute Care for Elders (ACE)
From the design of the floor to the open visiting policy for family members, our specialized geriatric care can help speed a patient's return to activities.
The Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit at Methodist Hospital is designed specifically to prevent health and safety complications and promote independence in the older adult. We encourage patients to be mobile, which can shorten recovery time and return them to activities they enjoyed before hospitalization.
What makes an ACE unit different?
Our team is specially trained in the care of the older adult. Nurses on the ACE Unit are either certified in gerontological nursing or participate in a nurse residency program in geropalliative care called AgeWISE. All caregivers receive geratric specific education. The ACE Unit is designed to address the special needs of older adult patients, their families and caregivers. The physical design of our unit is adapted to a patient's age-related changes and includes special features to enhance a patient's mobility and independence:
- Caregiver work stations outside patient rooms
- Carpeted floors
- Pet therapy visits
- Physical therapy evaluations
- Therapeutic recreation activities
- Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) Volunteer visits
Promoting safety and physical independence
This unique unit is designed to maintain the patient's level of independence before hospitalization. We want to maintain and enhance the patient's function and begin planning for the patient's discharge as soon as the patient is admitted into our unit.
Our goals are to prevent or reduce the following:
- Delirium (acute confusion)
- Functional decline
- Cognitive decline
- Skin breakdown
- Use of Foley catheters
Awards and designations
Quality care for seniors
Methodist Hospital is proud to be designated a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Exemplar site by the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital's commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65-years-and-older.
"Nurses on the ACE Unit are either certified in gerontological nursing or are AgeWISE nurses. All staff receive geriatric specific education."
Deb Conley, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist; Assistant Professor
8303 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68114