August marks the five-year anniversary for the Volunteers of America Senior CommUnity Care Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Montrose and Delta counties. Employees, program participants, family members, outside medical support staff, and the general public came together to celebrate the occasion on Aug. 9 at the Montrose Pavilion.
The festivities included a speech by Wayne Olson, senior vice president of health care operations who traveled from Eden Prairie, Minn., to congratulate and present five-year pins to PACE employees. Dr. Dory Funk, PACE medical director, walked attendees through a video presentation which highlighted the interdisciplinary team that approves and plans services for program participants. Sally O'Connor, Montrose day center manager, and Sadie Williams, Eckert day center manager, were present to introduce themselves and talk about the plan for continued growth and expansion of services. Two PACE participants were present to talk about their experiences and how the program has improved their lives. Tours were offered in the Montrose center for anyone wanting to learn more about the program.
The PACE day center in Montrose County is located at 2377 Robins Way adjacent to The Homestead assisted living community and the PACE day center in Delta County is located in Eckert at 11485 Highway 65 adjacent to Horizons Care Center. Senior participants of the PACE program are able to continue to live at home while receiving services helping to promote their independence. The program allows for transportation to the day centers where seniors can receive meals and consult with registered dieticians, receive medical care including prescriptions, access to nurses, and physical, occupational, and speech therapies, plus seek pastoral care, recreation, and socialization. This program is beneficial to the community in that it provides a full spectrum of care and services to seniors with chronic care needs and allows them to stay in their homes as long as possible.blog comments powered by Disqus