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Acute Care for Elders Unit

Treatment and rehabilitation for seniors focused on returning to life at home.

About Us
The Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit at Zuckerberg San Francisco General was started in February, 2007, and cares for over 400 older patients each year. It is the first ACE unit in California. The mission of the ACE Unit is to provide the best inpatient care for hospitalized older adults with a focus on maintaining and improving physical and cognitive function. The ACE unit is a major site of Geriatrics teaching at UCSF for medical students, interns and residents, and Geriatrics fellows.

Getting Back to Living Life
Hospitalization is a risky period for older adults. Many of us are aware of elderly relatives or friends who are not quite the same after hospitalization. Patients may be weaker or have difficulty managing their affairs afterwards. Some of this decline can be avoided through a patient-centered, interdisciplinary, approach using best evidence to guide care.

The Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit accomplishes this through:

  • Interdisciplinary care in a prepared environment
  • Careful medication review to eliminate unnecessary medications
  • Deployment of non-medication interventions such as exercise, socialization, and focus on sleep hygiene
  • Early planning for discharge to home

Your Team, Your Health
Each morning, patients are seen by healthcare professionals including a physician, a nurse, an occupational therapist, a pharmacist, and a social worker. This team then meets to discuss the plan of care bringing their specific area of expertise to bear for each patient. The team continues to evaluate each patients’ progress until hospital discharge.

The ACE unit exports its knowledge and expertise in acute care for the elderly to other units throughout Zuckerberg San Francisco General through education sessions.

Check out ACE Unit helps seniors get back to their lives, excerpted from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Our Location

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center
1001 Potrero Avenue
(between 22nd and 23rd Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94110

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  • Hours
    Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
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    Our Main Campus is served by Muni routes 9, 10, 33, 49, and 90.

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    On Campus

    Enter hospital campus driveway and turn right into the surface lot. 

    March 12, 2020: The surface parking lots on the ZSFG hospital campus (south of Building 5) will close on March 12, 2020 to start construction for a UCSF Research and Academic Building.

    Parking is available in the hospital garage on 24th Street.

    24th Street Parking Garage

    2500 24th Street. Enter from 24th Street

    Parking Rates: Range from $3.00 per hour to $24.00 daily maximum

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