According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, one in five Americans will be older than 65. Yet, 80% of physicians are specialists while only 20% are generalists. The Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – City Centre provides much-needed services with medical, mental, spiritual and social care for San Antonio seniors.
Since opening in June 2010, the ACE Unit has treated between 700 and 800 patients for an average length of stay of 3.3 days. The 10-private-room inpatient facility is specifically designed from floor to ceiling with seniors in mind. Each room contains a restraint-free pressure bed that lowers to the floor to reduce bedsores and falls, as well as a convertible love seat for family members.
The wooden, non-slip floors and soft lighting are also more suited to elderly patients’ sensitivities. The hallways are lined with handrails and equipped with decibel meters that flash red when noise levels become too high. Family members and patients can gather in the communal family room — a central space with a refrigerator, microwave and dining table, as well as free Internet access and educational materials.