Celebration 2006: The A.R.T. of Healthy Living
How Will the A.R.T. Unit Be Different?
The goal of the Center for Healthy Aging’s A.R.T. Unit will be to identify best practices and to implement new, well-researched techniques in geriatric care that will prevent medical complications common among older patients and help them to maintain and even improve their level of function and independence.
The A.R.T. Unit will be home to a multidisciplinary team that will provide not only medical, but emotional, sociological, and spiritual care — a team comprised of physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, and clergy — all trained in geriatric care and all focused on the addressing the issues that can lead to a decline in the health of senior patients during a hospital stay.
Patients will be encouraged to participate in activities to the fullest extent possible and to take an active role in their own care and recovery. The A.R.T. Unit care team will help patients avoid the physical, mental, and emotional hazards of hospitalization that result from being bed bound and isolated.
The A.R.T. Unit will serve as an educational model for physicians throughout the region, resident physicians and medical students, nurses and nurse practitioners, nursing home and rehabilitation facility staff, and other health care professionals.
A vital function of the experts of the A.R.T. Unit will be to focus on cutting-edge research, conducted by UT Health Northeast physicians, nurses, health professionals, and scientists as well as other aging experts across the country. The latest in aging research will be carefully reviewed and implemented to improve the care and outcome of our hospitalized seniors. UT Health Northeast researchers are currently studying the causes and treatment of diseases that affect the aging process, and examining how factors such as oxidants and the environment affect the aging of human cells. Dr. Kent Davis, medical director of the Center for Healthy Aging, is working to determine whether changes in the sense of smell are predictors for Alzheimer’s Disease as well as how Medicare Part D is affecting our seniors.