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Page 2 Senior Times - April 2019ALTERNATIVE HEALTHCARE FOR SENIORS – EXPERIENCE THE SENIOR CARE PARTNERSP.A.C.E. DIFFERENCE!By: Tim Mitchell, Fund Development Coordinator, Senior Care Partners PACEHe looked stressed! Then the reason became apparent as he explained, “An appointment with the neurologist is set for Thursday at 9am. Then next week it will be a trip to the cardiologiston Monday and the podiatrist on Friday. In two weeks is the follow up appointment with the primary care doctor. At the end of the month,an appointment is set to see a doctor at the VA hospital, because in order for the VA to fill Dad’s prescriptions, they have to see him in person. That takes care of Dad’s appointments for the month. Thankfully Mom is in better physical condition, however, her dementia is worsening and she is becoming very agitated, especiallyin the evenings. She sometimes throws thingsat Dad and hits him. In fact, Dad just called to say, ‘I’m going to divorce her. I can’t stand it anymore.’ That’s after 62 years of marriage. I get those calls periodically. That means I will proba- bly spend the night with them tonight and see if the doctor will see her tomorrow to regulate her medication again. I know that also means I will have to take her back to the doctor a few times this month until they are able to balance her medication so it will reduce her agitation without making her lethargic.”Allegan, and southern Barry counties. Home ser- vices are also provided for many participants.This scenario is a real conversation with a real caregiver. Unfortunately, this example is repeated over and over all across the country. It is an example of traditional geriatric care in a society that provides the best healthcare in the world, as well as an example of the overwhelm- ing responsibility family members have to their aging parents. It is a highly stressful situation for all involved.The parents in the above real-life scenario could very easily qualify for nursing home care. However, understandably, they as well as most older adults prefer to continue to live at home.In several public opinion surveys conducted by AARP and other groups, the statistics are quite consistent indicating that eight out of ten older people would like to stay in their own homes,or at least their own communities, for as long as possible. However, the effort necessary to enable seniors to remain safely in their own home can be overwhelming for caregiving family members.If you or a family member are looking for an alternative to the traditional healthcare model most seniors experience, please call (269) 441- 9319 to set up an appointment to discuss options available to you through Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. or visit the website at www.senior- Experience the Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. Difference!The reality is that 10,000 people every day turn 65 and people are living longer with diseas- es and conditions that were not treatable at one time. That translates into many appointmentsto see doctors located in various places, some even dozens of miles away. As older adults age and are not able to take care of themselves, the(As a Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. partic- ipant, all health care services are provided and arranged by your personal Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. team. PACE participants may be fully liable for the costs of medical services from an out-of-pocket provider or without prior authori- zation with the exception of emergency services.)responsibility often falls on other family members.Most participants in the PACE program do not have any out of pocket expenses for their health- care, including hospitalizations and prescriptions. In addition to the comprehensive clinical team of doctors, physician assistants, nurse practioners, and registered nurses specializing in geriatric care, members also have access to the services of physical therapists, occupational therapists, dieti- cians, social workers, and in-home care assis- tance as needed. Again, most participants pay no out of pocket expenses for any of these services.Fortunately, there is an alternative for senior healthcare in our community – Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. No longer do older adultshave to bounce from one doctor to another for their healthcare needs. Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. makes quality healthcare for seniors much easier by providing most of the needed services under one roof, and they even provide transportation to and from the center. Equipped with a full medical clinic, physical therapy room, and a day center for socialization, they currently serve over 450 participants throughout Calhoun, Kalamazoo, eastern Van Buren, southeasternCongratulations to Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. for 10 years of service to the seniors of Calhoun County!Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. was original-ly established in Battle Creek as an alternative healthcare and wellness option for seniors living within Calhoun County, welcoming their first seven PACE (Program of All-inclusive Carefor the Elderly) participants in April of 2009 at the Battle Creek facility located inside the Kool Family Center. This April they will be celebrat- ing their 10 year anniversary of providing quality healthcare and socialization services to the resi- dents of Calhoun County.Experience the Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. Difference!Celebrating10 Years Of ServiceThe care you need to help you stay in the home you love!COORDINATED SERVICES INCLUDE...• Physical and Occupational • Quality Medical Care • SocializationTherapy Services • Social Services • Support for Caregivers• Safety in the HomeCall us to find out if Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. is right for you or someone you love.(269) 441-9319 or visit www.seniorcarepartnersmi.org200 W. Michigan Ave, Ste 103, Battle Creek, MI • 445 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

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