Americans are aging: Your grandparents. Your parents. And you.
The elderly are the most rapidly growing segment of our population. By 2030, the older adult population will swell to more than seventy million and account for one in every five Americans. Elders are three times more likely to be hospitalized
as a result of chronic diseases and geriatric syndromes. Despite this, most hospitals have not adapted to meet their unique patient care needs.
These are challenging problems but the steps to solve them are clear.
Acute Care for Elder (ACE) Units, a nationally recognized geriatric care model has significantly improved clinical outcomes – while preserving the well-being and strength of patients so that they can more easily return to their homes, their independent lives.
Launched as a pilot in September 2014, Baystate's ACE Program has already cared for approximately 500 elderly patients.
Preliminary results of the ACE Program’s success over the past year have been extremely encouraging:
- Decreased length of hospital stay by almost a full day for patients admitted to the ACE Unit Program
- Patient safety has increased with complication and delirium rates decreasing by 30-50%
- A 50% reduction in falls and virtual elimination of restraints
- 17% more patients returned home (higher than the national average)
- Over 500 medication changes have been made at the team’s recommendation
- More than 60 nurses and 50 physicians have been trained
- The ACE Unit Program leads the entire hospital in terms of patient satisfaction scores
- The program spearheaded the drive to obtain a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation, one of 17 in the state, indicating our commitment to caring for the elder patients at every point of care in the hospital
Impact of your support: Please help us establish a permanent ACE Unit & Program.
With a full 34-bed unit with additional space dedicated to patients at the end-of-life, Baystate Medical Center will be able to provide the benefits of this enhanced model of care to many more elderly patients in our community. A permanent, state-of-the-art ACE Unit Program with optimal design, geriatric trained staff and new care protocols will transform the care of our community’s elders. Also, the addition of a dedicated team and space focused on those elderly patients in need of end-of-life-care (palliative care) will provide clinical expertise and a warm, compassionate environment for patients and families.
The ACE Unit Program sets a new standard for innovative, high quality, collaborative and compassionate care.
Baystate Health believes that this level of patient-centered care is precisely what is needed and wanted for our loved ones and ourselves. For more information about how you can support the ACE Unit and make Baystate Health Foundation a charity of choice, please contact Kylie Johnson at 413-794-7789 or by email.