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   For Your Health
BY TIM MITCHELL
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
   Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E., a regional leading healthcare provider
for older adults with acute and chronic healthcare needs, is celebrating National PACE Month throughout September. They are joining 134 PACE programs across the country, operating 272 PACE centers in 31 states, serving more than 54,000 participants. Locally, with centers in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Portage, and Albion, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. serves nearly 600 participants and employs almost 300 individuals.
want. Outside of PACE, the normal treatment would be to take them to the hospital, then they would stay in the hospital until they recovered enough for discharge or, regrettably, until they are deceased. Unfortunately, because of hospital protocol during the pandemic, they would have to be there alone. They wouldn’t have their loved ones, their family or their spouse with them. Instead, we have given our participants a completely different option by enabling them to have their family close to them, which they would not have been able to do in the hospital. So, during COVID, we have done the same thing we usually do, just at a different level.”
teams in the past, but I have never worked with an organization that has this degree of collaboration and spirit of teamwork. One of the reasons I joined Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. was because I believed that the organization walked their core values. Not just talked them, but actually walked them. Their behaviors actually aligned with the words that they espoused. And, it has been a really gratifying experience to see that borne out to be true, both in the mundane and also in the pandemic and challenging spaces that we’ve worked in.”
This year’s theme, “Your Care, Your Community, You’re Home,” reflects the participant-centered focus of the PACE model of care. PACE
is an acronym for Program of All- inclusive Care for the Elderly and is
a care model which enables nursing home-eligible individuals to live safely in their own home as long as possible with the assistance of PACE healthcare professionals. Nationally, PACE has been successful in keeping more
than 95 percent of its enrollees in the community and out of nursing homes.
“PACE is renowned as a high-touch, team-based model of care,” said Adam Burrows, MD, chair of the NPA Board of Directors and PACE medical director at Upham’s PACE in Boston. “The pandemic challenged us to maintain contact with our participants and caregivers and with other members of the team while reducing the numbers of touches to protect households and staff. Through the process, we’ve learned new skills and mastered new technologies that will serve the PACE model and vulnerable older adults through the pandemic and well beyond.”
She added, “I want to acknowledge the Herculean effort that has
happened in every nook and cranny
of this organization to be able to think differently about how we deliver care, how we keep participants and staff safe, how we obtain the necessary equipment and supplies we need, and how we very rapidly come up with new protocols, processes and policies with various iterations. It has been incredible to watch this happen.”
The theme announced by the National PACE Association (NPA)
is especially important this year
since it echoes the success PACE organizations have had in keeping
their participants safe during the
recent pandemic. “Caring for older individuals with multiple health care needs has been particularly challenging during this pandemic,” said Shawn Bloom, NPA president and CEO.
“In order to confront the pandemic
and keep participants and staff as
safe as possible, the PACE care team switched from a model of care that brought participants into the PACE center several times a week to a home care-based model. The resilience of the model in the face of this pandemic has been inspiring.”
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
was the first center in the nation to implement a dedicated Alternative
Care Site (ACS) to care specifically
for COVID positive participants so
they would not have to be alone in
the hospital. At this facility, COVID positive participants received 24-hour nursing care, personal care, and medical care. For non-COVID participants, the staff took their care to the homes of participants to minimize their exposure to other individuals.
“This year’s National PACE Month theme of ‘Your Care, Your Community, You’re Home’ absolutely reflects not only the ongoing philosophy of our organization, but also the care our participants received during the COVID crisis,” said Ferrara. “The care we provide is very personal because each individual has different needs and our participants know we will be there for them while enabling them to remain safely in their own home. I can’t think of any other organization that does what we do with the level of care, concern, and compassion that is exhibited by each staff member. We are a team of highly collaborative professionals that have proven we can weather the storm and keep our participants safe. While this adversity has tried our resolve, we have demonstrated our resiliency and adaptability as an organization in an amazing way!”
The PACE model of participant- centered healthcare came shining through in many ways during these crisis months. Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. CEO, Laura Ferrara, said, “We’ve given our participants the flexibility to receive the care they need for COVID in the way they
The display of collaboration
has been evident throughout the organization during the pandemic
from the administrative “behind the scenes” offices to the frontline care of participants and everywhere in between. Dr. Elizabeth Warner, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. Medical Director, remarked, “I have had the pleasure of working with wonderfully collaborative
To learn more about the services provided by Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. and how they may be able to be of help to you or a family member, you can call (269) 441-9319 or visit www.seniorcarepartnersmi.org.
Celebrating National PACE Month
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