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 PAIN RELIEF ALTERNATIVES FOR OLDER ADULTS
By: Tim Mitchell, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
Have you heard of PACE? Although Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. has been serving Calhoun County for over 11 years, has close to 600 par- ticipants at four different locations within the region, and employs nearly 300 staff members, many individuals within the community are
still unaware of the comprehensive, flexible,
and individualized care made available to older adults who may be experiencing multiple medical issues.
PACE, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, is designed as an alternative to nursing home care, enabling seniors to remain safely in their home with the assistance of numerous highly trained healthcare profes- sionals.
  healthcare. For example, many seniors have difficulty with some oral pain medications due
to weakened kidney function or possibly other issues. So, managing pain through oral medica- tions for these individuals can be a challenge. Fortunately, we work directly with a compound- ing pharmacy that creates custom medications from base ingredients specifically for us. This means we can combine ingredients that work safely and effectively together. One great exam- ple of this is how we use a topical medication for pain management instead of an oral medication for some participants who don’t tolerate the oral medication well. A number of years ago we dis- covered by mixing together appropriate percent- ages of Gabapentin, Diclofinac, and Lidocaine
in a topical salve, our participants experienced a significant decrease in pain when the cream was applied to the affected area. That’s not something you will find in traditional medicine. In fact, very few doctors use compound pharmacies or order compound medications.”
much more flexibility to customize medications for participants with special medication needs. According to Diggs, “Having the ability to order compound medications for our participants is one of the things that sets us apart from the traditional medical care an older adult may receive out-
side of Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E., but more importantly, it provides an extremely effective alternative for the participants we treat.”
  At the center of PACE is the interdisciplinary team. This group of individuals is made up of a primary care provider, registered nurse care coor- dinator, social worker, physical therapist, occupa- tional therapist, recreational therapist, dietician, spiritual care coordinator, transportation coordi- nator, participant care assistant, and an enrollment coordinator. This team of professionals, along with the participant and their caregiver, work together to establish a unique care plan specific to the participant to help them progress toward their desired goals.
Another alternative pain relief therapy known as “myofascial release” is practiced by Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. physical therapists as an effective course of treatment to alleviate pain
for older adults who experience myofascial pain syndrome, a chronic pain disorder caused by sen- sitivity and tightness of the myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout the body and the associated pain can be significant.
“This personalized model of care is unique
in the healthcare community, especially since all these disciplines are housed under one roof,” said Senior Care Partners physician assistant Wendell Diggs. “We are able to offer to the senior com- munity an alternative to nursing home care that is actually much more comprehensive than almost all other healthcare settings.”
Before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was created, and before the big phar- maceutical industry existed, compounding was the only method used to create medications for patients.
Between the 15th century and the 16th centu- ry, the apothecary gained the status of a skilled practitioner. However, today most pharmacies will dispense only medications mass produced by pharmaceutical companies in pre-set formu- las and doses. Whereas the compound pharma- cy used by Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. has
As experts in geriatric care, the healthcare team at Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. has exten- sive experience with various forms of alternative therapy to help older adults with complex acute and chronic medical conditions. As a result, many participants have experienced extreme relief, and in some cases, phenomenal recovery, from condi- tions that have limited their life for many years.
Compounding pharmacies are not new. The individuals who compiled these medications were called apothecaries and actually date back many centuries. At one time apothecaries offered medi- cal advice and treatments to the general public as well as the custom mixing of drugs.
The physical therapist will gently massage the myofascia, feeling for stiff or tightened areas on which to focus. Normal myofascia should feel pliable and elastic. This therapy also involves stretching the areas that feel rigid with light man- ual pressure. The therapist then aids the tissue and supportive sheath in releasing pressure and tightness. The process is repeated multiple times on the same trigger point and on other trigger points until the therapist feels the tension is fully released.
  Diggs continued, “Not only is our organization unique as an alternative care model, but the way we deliver care also has many unique compo- nents that you will not often see in traditional
To learn how you or a loved one can become
a participant at Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. you may call (269) 441-9319 or visit www.senior- carepartnersmi.org.
   Experience the Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. Difference!
                          THE CARE YOU NEED TO HELP YOU STAY IN THE HOME YOU LOVE!
COORDINATED SERVICES INCLUDE...
• Physical and Occupational • Quality Medical Care • Socialization
Therapy Services • Social Services • Support for Caregivers
• Safety in the Home
Call us to find out if Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. is right for you or someone you love - (269) 441-9319
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Text “PACE” to 51555 to learn more about the services we provide
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