“If ACE Units Are So Great, Why Aren’t They Everywhere?” for HealthLeaders Media is a terrific article by Cheryl Clark. The article clearly outlines why ACE units are beneficial for the geriatric population.
Considering that 1 in 8 over 65 have dementia, as do up to 50% of those over 85, ACE units would be the ideal hospital environments to effectively accommodate and treat this unique and special population.
Altering the hospital environment to better care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia need not be costly. Simple changes can be made with little expense. And we must start with staff knowledge, education, communication and support.
Tailoring a hospital program for Alzheimer’s and dementia will provide better care for both patient and family, and CAN be a cost-effective, revenue generating initiative for a hospital, when done the right way.