Why Choose Des Pere for Geriatrics

Only children under age six (6) go to the emergency department (ED) as often as adults over age 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statisitics. In fact, nearly one in four adults 65 years and older visits the emergency department one or more times in a 12 month period. According to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the rapid triage and diagnosis model and physical set up of most emergency departments may not meet the needs of the older patient.

Des Peres Hospital’s geriatric emergency rooms are designed for the comfort and safety of the older patient.

Conveniences include:

  • Pressure reduction mattresses, foam heel pressure pads and elbow protection may be used for wound prevention
  • Lighting can be adjusted when appropriate
  • Designated rooms are located in lower traffic areas to keep noise to a minimum and create a more calming atmosphere
  • Warm blankets are provided as a way to make the patient comfortable

All Des Peres Hospital emergency department nurses have been certified in geriatric emergency nursing education to ensure that they understand the normal physical and psychological effects of aging and the impact these can make on their clinical assessment of the patient.

The holistic approach to care goes beyond the ED stay: 24 - 48 hours after discharge, Des Peres Hospital emergency department nurses follow up with the patient’s physician, nursing home and/or the patient directly to determine how they are feeling and if there are any questions about their follow-up care.

Senior Care Clinic

Our Senior Care Clinic arranges appointments with some of the St. Louis area's leading geriatricians. Services include geriatric assessments, to review complete physical and mental health. A registered nurse will coordinate all your care and will even arrange for complimentary transportation should you need it.*

Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit

For those needing in-patient care, Des Peres Hospital offers the ACE unit that brings some of the latest thinking in geriatric care to our older patients. In every case, our goal is to provide a caring, comfortable environment where patients can reach their highest functioning ability – while maintaining their personal dignity and independence.

Our ACE unit:

  • Is designed to meet the care considerations of the older hospitalized patient and reduce the risk of developing complications, with the goal of maintaining the patient’s functionality and independence
  • Was developed with and is under the medical directorship of leading geriatricians from Saint Louis University's nationally recognized geriatrics program
  • Personalized treatment designed and provided by a team of specialists including geriatricians, nurses, dietitians and therapists
  • Treatment plans are reviewed and coordinated with your primary care physician
  • Treats older adults with acute medical conditions ranging from after stroke care to pain management
  • Provides holistic care designed to meet the care considerations of the older hospitalized patient and reduce the risk of developing complications
  • Has the goal of maintaining the patient's functionality and independence
  • For patients with acute delirium, 24-hour continuous observation is available