The Saint Francis Acute Care for Seniors Inpatient Unit provides specialized, compassionate care that is tailored to the unique needs of patients 65 and older. A team of health care professionals from a number of disciplines including physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists and dietitians review and monitor each patient’s progress, problems and needs.
The 15-bed unit features Care View, a state-of-the-art patient-monitoring system that allows for minimal use of physical restraints. Within ACS is a Special Care Unit created to care for mildly confused patients and features a one-to-two staff-to-patient ratio.
ACS Addresses the Total Needs of Senior Inpatients
Doctors and nurses often notice that older patients who were in the hospital for an acute illness begin to lose some of their ability to function independently. One way to combat this decline is for hospital staff to look at the total-care picture rather than focus just on the illness that led to the hospital stay.
The ACS unit itself is designed to encourage patients to socialize and remain as active as possible. The goal is for the patient to maintain and, when possible, improve their functional abilities.
Some of the special features of the ASC unit include:
· Board Certified Geriatrician Medical Director
· Staff specially trained to meet geriatric patient needs (patients 65 and older)
· Telemetry (Cardiac Monitoring)
· Emphasis on appropriate nutrition and mobility for seniors
· Minimal use of catheters and physical restraints
· Senior Activity Lounge – includes flat screen TV, Wii games, Board games, Library and Music
For more information about the Saint Francis Hospital Acute Care for Seniors Inpatient Unit, please call 901-765-1154.