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Senior Care Inpatient Unit: ACE (Acute Care for the Elderly)

Our 20-bed unit provides excellent hospital care tailored to the needs of our older patients. In 2019, our unit earned recognition as a Member of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) program, a national initiative based at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University that focuses on providing special care to older adult patients.

As part of NICHE, the nursing team in Southern Regional’s Senior Care ACE (Acute Care for the Elderly) Unit participated in geriatric-sensitive trainings designed to improve the care of hospitalized older adults through the Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) program. The NICHE program seeks to effect changes in nursing practice that benefit older hospitalized patients and ultimately achieve patient-centered care for older adults. These goals are reached through increased nursing knowledge and skills concerning treating common geriatric diagnoses.

Each patient receives a specialized assessment which the healthcare team uses to develop an individualized care plan, including continuum of care at home or at an appropriate facility. From the moment a patient arrives, their team is coordinating care and formulating discharge planning to ease the transition from hospital to home or living facility.