Age-Friendly Care at Asante Ashland Community Hospital
Almost 25% of residents in Southern Oregon are retired and over 65. As our older population grows, there will be a significant increase in the demand for health care services. Becoming an Age-Friendly Health System will help meet the particular needs of older adults during their hospital stay. Working toward a reduction in the length of stay, fewer fall rates and fewer readmissions are a few of the positive outcomes that would occur from creating an Age-Friendly unit at Asante Ashland. Without displacing any of the existing services available, this new service line and specialty will be the first and only in Southern Oregon. The goal will be to have our older patients return to their own homes and not need a skilled nursing facility.
Asante is committed to meeting the unique needs of older adults in Southern Oregon by creating an Age-Friendly Health System at Asante Ashland including:
- 10 remodeled rooms offering a more peaceful and home-like environment
- Education and specialized training for nurses, doctors, and physical and occupational therapists
- Hospital certification to provide standardized approaches to common older adult issues
- Personnel hired to make sure the inpatient unit is functioning at a high level