CACE Unit

The North Memorial Difference

  • We’re the only hospital in the state to offer an inpatient unit for elderly adults. North Memorial Medical Center is the only hospital in Minnesota to offer an inpatient CACE (Collaborative Acute Care for the Elderly) unit specifically designed to address the acute care needs of frail, aging adults.
  • Our highly trained team offers multidisciplinary, compassionate care. Our interdisciplinary team of caregivers has extensive education in geriatric care and is made up of physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, dieticians and chaplains.
  • Our readmission rates are lower than the national average. While national geriatric hospital readmission rates are 18 percent to 20 percent, North Memorial’s new model has reduced readmission rates to 6 percent to 7 percent.

North Memorial Medical Center is the only hospital in Minnesota to offer an inpatient unit specifically designed to address the acute care needs of frail, aging adults.

Our 11-bed CACE (Collaborative Acute Care for the Elderly) unit is led by an interdisciplinary team – including physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, dieticians and chaplains – that has extensive education in geriatric care.

They are experienced in acute elderly care and can address any of the related issues such as incontinence, falls, functional decline, delirium, behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, polypharmacy, dizziness, weakness, malnutrition and caregiver burnout.

Our CACE team also medically manages the patient and reinforces the need to restore and improve cognitive function. They work to ensure that North Memorial Emergency Department physicians recognize geriatric syndromes and begin the right treatment, which may require admitting to CACE unit.

Our care model was developed to open a dialogue about end-of-life care options with patients and their families.