Specialized Emergency Medicine for Older Adults at the Region’s Only Dedicated Senior ER
University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center, A Campus of UH Regional Hospitals is home to the region’s first senior emergency room, specifically designed around the unique needs of seniors.
The senior ER is staffed by a team doctors and nurses with specific training and certifications in the care of older adults. Our team is available 24 hours a day to provide expert care for seniors within 30 minutes of arrival.
Multidisciplinary Approach and Comprehensive Patient Assessments
During an emergency, treating symptoms individually often excludes the entire picture of health. Our multidisciplinary team approach creates an effective way to quickly look beyond symptoms, to understand the whole person in order to create a treatment plan for improved overall outcomes.
Upon arrival to the senior ER, our team will check for pre-existing conditions, evaluate multiple medications and nutritional needs, in addition to screening patients for additional health concerns. By taking the time to evaluate multiple aspects of health, we can find and more effectively treat the true underlying cause of the health crisis occurring.
Bedford’s Premier High-Tech Facility Designed with Comfort in Mind
UH Bedford Medical Center Senior ER was constructed for the specific needs of seniors, with intuitive features designed to make the environment as soothing and comfortable as possible, including:
- Treatment areas with soft lighting and calming decor
- Clocks and telephones with larger numbers for easy usage
- Large-print signage
- Special mattresses to reduce pressure on skin and aching backs
- Visual and hearing assistive devices
- Personal care items like toothbrushes, combs and slippers
- Safety rails throughout the suite
- No glare, skid-resistant floors
- Functional aids, including step stools with handles and folding walkers
Geriatric Nurse Specialists Provide Superior Senior Emergency Care
The Bedford Senior ER is proud to be a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designated facility. Our center is staffed with a team of nurses who recognize and address the physical, emotional and functional challenges elderly patients may face in acute care hospitals.
All of our Senior ER nurses are GENE (Geriatric Emergency Nurse Education) certified. This makes them uniquely qualified to promote the staff sensitivity and interdisciplinary teamwork that is essential to the highest quality elder acute care.
For More Information About Unique Senior ER Services in Ohio
For questions about the Senior ER at UH Bedford Medical Center, call 440-735-4723.