Acute Care Unit for the Elderly (ACE)

ACE Care for the Elderly

Baptist DeSoto now offers the first Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit in Mississippi

Patients 65 and older often need special attention to ensure they can return home after a hospital stay.

Baptist DeSoto's ACE unit meets the needs of older patients by providing a homelike setting that promotes mobility and socialization, guided by a team of caregivers with expertise in geriatrics.

The ACE model has been shown to increase patient safety and satisfaction, allowing older hospitalized adults to recover in an environment prepared with their special needs in mind.

About the Unit

  • Dedicated unit located on the 9th floor of Baptist DeSoto
  • For patients 65 and older with a medical or surgical diagnosis
  • Designed to smoothly transition patients from hospital to home
  • Innovative approach to care, including physical, pet, recreational and music therapy
  • A multidisciplinary team of physicians, case management and geriatric specialists onsite.
  • Nurse-patient ratio that enhances safe, quality care

A Focus on Safety

The ACE unit features a geriatric-friendly environment that is focused on safety, management of geriatric syndromes, and prevention of the loss of physical and mental abilities. The setting features uncluttered hallways and rooms and a peaceful quiet zone for patients and visitors.

A Specialized Team

The ACE program features an interdisciplinary caregiving team that includes pastoral care, case management, a certified geriatric resource nurse, a social worker, a nutritionist, an occupational therapist, a pharmacist, and a medical doctor collaborating to create an individualized care plan to improve patients' mobility and maximize overall satisfaction.

All members bring their expertise in working with older adults to the team and continue to receive special training. The team meets daily to review and plan care for all patients, including nursing care and rehabilitation. Their efforts help patients make smooth transitions from hospital to home life. Caregivers involve the patient's family members early in the process, helping them anticipate social needs, and offering solutions to problems they may foresee.

Patient Conditions May Include

    • Pneumonia
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Stroke or mini-stroke
    • Heart attack
    • Kidney failure
    • Urinary tract infection
    • Anemia
    • Stomach or intestinal bleeding
    • Dehydration
    • Weight loss
    • Circulatory problems
    • Severe change in mental condition
    • Complication from surgery
    • Medication toxicity
    • Medical observation for falls and weakness
    • Cellulitis

For more information, please call 662-772-2880.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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