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Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit

Senior adults often require specialized care when they are in the hospital. Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center’s Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit is a 20-bed unit designed to address the complexities of hospitalized senior adults, while offering support and access to their loved ones in a home-like environment. Through a patient-centered, interdisciplinary approach, we aim to allow senior adults the ability to maintain their independence and prevent physical and mental decline while receiving care, and return to the quality of life that they enjoyed prior to their hospitalization.

Adult Care for EldersEligibility for admission to the ACE Unit is 65 years of age and older with acute medical or surgical treatment needs. Our ACE Unit Interdisciplinary team provides daily care planning with frequent family updates, and is staffed with a care team that includes: geriatricians, geriatric trained nurses and nursing assistants, specially trained pharmacists, dieticians, case managers, social workers and physical, occupational and speech & swallow therapists.

Los Robles Hospital’s ACE Unit provides these services to help our senior patients return to a productive, meaningful life as quickly as possible. We work collaboratively to achieve these goals:

  • Increased mobility
  • Emphasis on patient dignity and comfort
  • Optimum functioning of mind and body
  • Hospitalization in a peaceful, home-like environment
  • Minimal readmissions
  • Frequent communication from ACE care team
  • Medication education and adherence post-discharge
  • Clearly communicated follow up treatment plan upon discharge
  • Safe return to home or living facility

ACE Unit Features

Our ACE Unit rooms and surrounding areas address the safety and comfort of our patients in various ways, including:

  • Handrails throughout the unit for walking support
  • Alarms on beds and chairs to protect the safety of patients who may be at risk for falling
  • Night lights to help prevent falls
  • Lower bed heights to ease transfers and increase mobility
  • Special mattresses that help prevent pressure ulcers (bed sores)
  • Grab bars and emergency pulls for safer restroom trips
  • Bedside communication boards to encourage sharing of information between patients, loved ones and clinicians
  • Large clocks and easy-to-read signage