Innovative Geriatric Models of Care and Programs
Acute Care for the Elderly Unit (ACE Unit)
The ACE Unit is a geographically and structurally distinct unit of MMC designed to provide the team concept of care for complicated acutely ill elderly patients. While assigned to the Acute Care Rotation (four months per year) the Fellow will be an integral member of the ACE Unit team, supervised by a member of the geriatric faculty. All patients assigned to the unit are seen daily by the ACE team and the principles of geriatric medicine are utilized to shorten the length of stay, prevent hospital related complications, and to maintain maximal function and independence.
Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)
HELP is a program designed to prevent delirium in acutely ill, at risk, hospitalized patients through the use of volunteer administrated, validated protocols. The program is administrated by a physician director who is assisted by a masters level recreational therapist and a masters degree nurse. The program also uses principles of geriatrics to maintain maximal levels of patient independence and, therefore prevent nursing home placement. While assigned to the Acute Hospital Rotation, the Fellow will assist the team in the evaluation of patients and will help administer protocols to patients.
Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.
A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.