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Caring for the Elderly: Specialized Services at UMCP

May 5, 2014
Elderly patients often require specialized care when visiting the hospital or doctor’s office. University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) offers a comprehensive continuum of healthcare services that provide specialized care to the elderly.

UMCP was one of the first hospitals in New Jersey to offer an Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) unit. With 24 specially designed, low-to-the-ground beds, pressure- relieving mattresses, and geriatric-friendly bedside recliners, these rooms were created with seniors in mind. To reduce the need for transportation and the risk for falls, occupational and physical rehabilitation can take place right in the room.

If patients need to come to the hospital through the Emergency Department, there is also a specially designed Senior Emergency Unit to meet their needs. The unit’s rooms feature slip-resistant floors, windows with outdoor views, and private toilet facilities. The same pressure-relieving mattresses are available. The physicians and nurses in this unit are specially trained and certified in caring for elderly patients.

UMCP’s Partnerships for PIECE (Patient-Centered, Integrative Elder Care and Empowerment) program helps to navigate patients back into their homes after a hospital visit. Partnerships for PIECE aims to make the transition from the hospital to a patient’s next level of care—whether to their home or to a skilled nursing facility—as easy as possible. Once home, Princeton HomeCare is available for continued care. Services include home-based nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; and Lifeline, a personal emergency response system that calls for help when a patient cannot. Whether a patient needs short-term recovery assistance or long- term care, Princeton HomeCare can help.

Princeton Caregivers provides in-home care, in-hospital care, and live-in care. Designed to complement traditional homecare and skilled nursing, Princeton Caregivers is always available for clients, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All home health aides are certified by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.

For patients’ non-physical needs, Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH) offers the Senior Link Program, providing partial hospital and intensive outpatient services to older adults experiencing mental health problems. The goals of the program are to reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, improve coping skills, and increase a sense of control over one’s life.

To learn more about senior care at PHCS, call 1.888.PHCS4YOU or visit www.princetonhcs.org