Hospitalization can be stressful for people of any age and that’s especially true for the elderly. Our Acute Care for Elderly unit at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, a 28-bed unit just for seniors, provides specialized care to hospital patients of advanced age.
Our Acute Care for the Elderly is designed to help avoid the functional decline that often affects older people while they are hospitalized. We focus on returning our patients to their homes without any loss of independence.
To that end, we encourage patients to stay involved in their care and encourage them to do as much for themselves as possible. Aides work one on one with patients to encourage engagement and activity, physical and social. We pay special attention to issues of concern for elderly patients, such as preventing falls, detecting and treating depression, avoiding infections, maintaining a healthy diet, involving family members and promoting mobility, socialization and independence.