FeatureThe Acute Care for Elders Unit: Taking the Rehabilitation Model into the Hospital SettingAmador, Luis F. MD1; Reed, Diana MSW LCSW2; Lehman, Cheryl A. PhD RN CRRN-A BC3Author Information 1 Luis F. Amador, MD, is a medical director in the ACE unit at the University of Texas. 2 Diana Reed, MSW LCSW, is a supervisor of geriatric services social work at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. 3 Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD RN CRRN-A BC, is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing. Correspondence to [email protected]. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal: May 2007 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p 126-131 doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2007.tb00164.x Buy Metrics Abstract Older Americans are living longer than ever before. Those over the age of 65 years account for almost 13% of the population and one third of all hospitalizations. Older adults are much more likely than younger adults to develop complications during hospitalization. With the increasing number of older adults at higher risk of hospitalization, it is more important than ever to study and develop ways to minimize the cascade of dependency that can occur during hospitalization. The Acute Care for Elders unit model has been shown to improve the processes of hospital care, discharge outcomes, and the prevention of functional limitations for the acutely ill older adult. © 2007 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.