At CentraState, we’re committed to helping people live life to the fullest throughout their lifespan—and that includes a special focus on the unique needs of seniors. We offer three award-winning senior living facilities located in beautiful Freehold, NJ, along with dedicated health care services for senior patients. This includes our ACE Unit (Acute Care for Elders), which is designed to help senior patients recover from illness or injury while improving their health and well-being.
THE ACE UNIT AT CENTRASTATE
CentraState’s ACE Unit helps senior patients recover from illness or injury while improving their health and well-being. Our goal is to help patients stay strong, mobile, and independent. We work with dedicated caregivers to provide you or your loved one with the support and information you need to return home, avoid complications, and prevent future hospitalizations. For more information on the ACE Unit at CentraState Medical Center, please call 866-236-8727.
From the first day of admission, our team is here to warmly welcome new patients and help them get familiar with their surroundings. One of our unit nurses conducts a baseline assessment to determine functional and cognitive levels and care needs.
The team then develops a care plan that includes education on maintaining and improving mental, physical, and emotional health during the hospital stay.
Our plans often involve:
- Managing medications
- Maintaining and improving mobility
- Fall prevention
- Performing daily activities
- Using assisted living tools such as walkers and canes
- Meeting nutritional goals
- Social activity
- Planning for the future
CentraState’s ACE unit offers a home-like care setting. Each of our 42 patient rooms have special features to promote the highest levels of patient safety and comfort.
For example, oversized white boards are updated with the current date every day and bedside clocks are prominently placed to help maintain patients’ sense of orientation. The beds are positioned lower to the floor, and all rooms have floor lighting to reduce the risk of falls.
Patients have easy access to walkers and other mobility devices to help them get around easier. We encourage all patients to get out of bed to eat their meals and to keep as active as possible to maintain their strength and independence.
In addition, the unit features a warm and welcoming lounge that provides an opportunity to socialize and relax. Group activities are also organized to facilitate social interaction with others, because having a positive outlook can help the body heal and recover faster from an illness or injury.
Our case managers and social workers navigate families through the discharge process to ensure a seamless and simple transition from hospital to home, or to another care provider. We can electronically refer patients to health coaches and specialized rehabilitation programs at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center. Our team can also:
- Provide information on outpatient services
- Confirm home needs, such as oxygen and assisted living devices
- Coordinate your care plan with home care services
- Arrange follow-up appointments
- Make referrals to programs and services that optimize health and wellness
- Coordinate transportation
If patients need additional care before returning home, The Manor, CentraState’s award-winning health and rehabilitation center, is conveniently located on the CentraState campus.
We have a dedicated interdisciplinary team including a geriatrician, nurses, patient care technicians, physical therapists, pharmacists, pastoral care colleagues, and social workers. The team works in close collaboration and makes regular rounds through the unit.
Our nurses have special training with a virtual dementia tour that has given them a better understanding of the hardships experienced by elderly patients who may be feeling frustrated or agitated. The nursing team is also receiving additional training through an organization called Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) to further enhance their skills and knowledge in caring for older adults.
Together, our team works to ensure the best possible care. Our overarching goal is to help senior adults stay strong, mentally sharp, and mobile so they can maintain their independence, get better faster, and avoid additional health problems.
Leonard Schindel, M.D.
Geriatrics, Internal Medicine
Daniel D'Andrea, M.D.
Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychiatry
Rekha Gohel, M.D.
Geriatrics, Internal Medicine
Sonia Rijh-Singhani, M.D.
Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Primary Care
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