One in five Americans will be age 65 or older by 2030. As baby boomers age, hospitals are gearing up to accommodate the special needs of patients age 65-plus. One place these changes are already beginning to occur is in the typical hospital emergency department, where throughout the United States, older adults make 17 million visits annually.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the United States is on the brink of a longevity revolution.”
Centerpoint Medical Center is anticipating what is now a fledgling trend by opening a Seniors Emergency Center. This specially designed and equipped four-room ER, which is adjacent to the regular emergency department, will address the unique medical care needs of geriatric patients, including a less frenzied atmosphere, thicker mattresses, softer grip flooring and signage with over-sized letters.
In addition, the nurses who work in the Seniors Emergency Center have all received internal training to help them recognize, diagnose and treat for multiple conditions that are unique to geriatric patients and even uncover hidden problems.