Geriatric Services

Meeting the needs of older adults

At Prisma Health, we understand the delicate and sensitive health needs of older adults. Our Division of Geriatric Services offers a wide array of services thoughtfully developed to cater to the special needs of the growing population of older adults.

We have long been committed to protecting and preserving seniors’ quality of life and meeting the needs of older South Carolinians, their families, their communities and health care providers through coordinated programs that reinforce our commitment to service, education, research and community.

Our geriatric programs and services
NICHE Program

Prisma Health is proud to be a NICHE-designated hospital. NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is a geriatric initiative dedicated to improving the care of hospitalized patients over the age of 65 through: 

  • Enhanced nursing knowledge and skills in the treatment of older adult patients
  • Proven strategies and methods to address issues specific to older patients
  • Improved clinical outcomes
  • Greater patient and family satisfaction
Prisma Health Richland Hospital ACE Unit

Our 26-bed Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit provides specialized care for patients who are 65 and older and at a higher risk for complications. The ACE team consists of geriatricians, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers and pharmacists, all working together in real time to monitor a patient’s condition. This is achieved through Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounding (SIBR).

At the ACE Unit, we focus on nutrition, sleep and delirium prevention.  In order to improve early mobility, our team members encourage patients to get out of bed for meals and to walk the halls if able. Our goal is to reduce the length of stay and recovery time for our senior patients through personalized nutrition and treatment plans.