ACE Model

  • ACE Unit

    Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) units meet the special needs of older adult patients. ACE units are designed with special attention to the physical environment.

    ACE units differ in size and admission rules, but they share common themes of pride in care and focus on making patients better and reducing length of stay. Nurse-to-patient staffing ratios are typically better then in other units.

    Studies have shown that patient satisfaction is generally higher in ACE units than on regular hospital floors. The units often make more efficient use of scarce hospital staff, focusing staff efforts on patients who need more care.

  • ACE Goals

    • Maintain the patient’s pre-admission function level
    • Prevent and/or reduce the following:
    – Falls
    – Skin breakdown
    – Delirium
    – Functional decline
    – Immobility
    – Constipation
    – Use of restraints
    – Others…

  • ACE Unit Characteristics

    ACE units meet the special needs of older adult patients through:
    • Special physical design
    • Healthcare team that works together
    • Stress on the nurse as an important provider of care

    ACE units share common themes:
    • Pride in care
    • Patient improvement
    • Reduction in hospital length of stay
    • Higher nurse to patient staffing ratios
    • Higher patient satisfaction than regular hospital floors

  • ACE Unit Order Set

    An order set is a list of actions from which healthcare staff may choose. These actions can include tasks, procedures, activities and medications.

    Special ACE Unit Order Sets are used with older adult patients. These order sets focus on actions aimed at reducing complications for older adult patients.


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