It’s been estimated that on average, older hospital patients spend a mere 43 minutes a day out of bed and walking around. The gist? They spend the overwhelming majority of their hospital stay sedentary in bed, which is not healthy and can lead to collateral damage beyond whatever brought them to the hospital in the first place. As one geriatric nurse has said: “The bed is not your friend.” But patients in ACE (Acute Care for Elders) units, available in certain hospitals around the country, are encouraged to be up and about. It’s not rocket science- it’s just common sense that can lead to shorter hospitalizations and fewer re-admissions. To learn more about the burdens of bedrest for hospitalized seniors, Read Here.