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AltaMed PACE Celebrates National PACE Month

Tens of thousands of seniors across the country avoid life in a nursing home thanks to PACE, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE, established by Medicare, is for seniors with complex medical needs. They receive essential care and services that allow them to live comfortably in their own homes.

September is National PACE Month, and this year’s theme is “PACE is the Place for Me.” It’s a time to highlight the programs and people who serve the 51,000 seniors participating in PACE. Over the last two years, the coronavirus pandemic has shown us how much work is required to provide safe and effective health care, especially for the elderly.

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AltaMed PACE

AltaMed has the largest number of PACE locations in California, with 11 locations serving more than 3,000 seniors in 55 cities throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The program launched in 1996 and continues to grow.

Each participant in AltaMed PACE has a dedicated team of staff and specialists providing personalized attention on a regular basis. Those who enroll receive a unique care plan designed to keep them healthy and strong while addressing any current or potential health risks. In addition to doctors and nurses who address physical and mental well-being, PACE staff includes social workers who identify community resources that can make lives easier for participants and their families.

AltaMed’s PACE vans have become fixtures in the community, picking up seniors at their homes bringing them to our PACE locations and then dropping them back home at the end of the day. Participants can also receive transportation support to get to specialist appointments.

Because every participant has unique health needs, AltaMed PACE locations offer a large variety of care services under one roof. These include:

  • Nursing
  • Personal care
  • Physical/occupational therapy
  • Pharmacy services
  • Recreation therapy
  • Social services
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Meals
  • Hearing checks
  • Social work
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Medical care
  • Speech therapy
  • Home health care
  • Respite care

To learn more about AltaMed PACE, click here or call: (855) 252-PACE or (855) 252-7223.

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Helping Participants Return to AltaMed PACE Safely

As with all of our facilities, we are making great efforts to protect our AltaMed PACE participants and staff. We know PACE is an important resource for seniors with complex health needs, and their caregivers. Learn more about how we’re continuing to serve you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What We’re Doing?

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We are following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

These include:

  • Participants and staff wearing protective equipment
  • Cleaning and disinfecting high-contact areas
  • Reserving PACE day care centers for members who have acute needs or do not have a safe home alternative
  • Continuing to see those who need routine care for chronic conditions or urgent issues at our PACE medical sites. If you think you need medical attention, please contact your primary care provider, who may recommend either an office visit or a telehealth appointment.

How PACE Participants and Their Families Can Protect Their Household

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Everyone at your home should avoid seeing family and friends who do not live with you. This will help protect our PACE participants and your loved ones by reducing the possibility of bringing the coronavirus into your home.

  • Wash your hands often and clean surfaces that are touched often, like door handles and faucets.
  • When you have to meet with people outside your household, maintain a distance of at least six feet. Meet outside or in a space with good ventilation.
  • If any of your household members have been to large gatherings (which is strongly discouraged), or have been around a lot of different people, they should isolate themselves to avoid the PACE participant while inside the home. Avoid sleeping in the same room, stay away from family members who feel sick or have been around someone sick, and don’t hug, kiss, or share food or drinks.
  • Wear a mask to reduce your risk of catching a coronavirus infection and spreading it to others. Anytime you leave home and are around others, wear a mask. Even if you are inside your home with people who live with you, if they have been at any social gatherings or haven’t used a mask while outside the home, you should all wear masks.
  • Stay flexible. Please remember that this is an evolving situation and things change rapidly. We promise to communicate regularly.

We thank PACE participants and their families for their patience. The actions we all take now can help us protect each other. And hopefully, before too long, we can safely welcome you back to our PACE centers with open arms and open hearts!

AltaMed can provide information to you and your family about the best way to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19. To receive the latest news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, sign up today.

AltaMed PACE is enrolling participants to provide all-inclusive care for our seniors 55 years and older during COVID-19.

To learn more about how AltaMed PACE can help, please call (855) 252-7223 or visit us at PACE website link.

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Local Health Centers are the Chemistry for Strong Communities

We have grown together during more than five decades. We have made it our mission to eliminate health disparities in our communities, with personalized, culturally inclusive care and support.

We celebrate our role in the community every August during National Health Center Week.

But unlike previous years where the focus has been on celebration, we’re also being more reflective. We have always served as a place of strength, care, hope, and service for our community. In the time of COVID, we’ve worked to find innovative ways to provide preventive and primary care to our patients, all while keeping you safe.

Despite that, we’ve lost beloved patients, staff, and front-line providers. In addition to special programming during the week of Aug. 6, we will commemorate those lives and ask you help us shine a light on the work we do.

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Focus Days

This year, we celebrate the role we play in strengthening our communities during National Health Center Week. Every day from Aug. 6 – 12, there will be an area of emphasis:

AltaMed Is Here for You

We bring you convenient, culturally sensitive care. But to help our communities grow healthy, we help with equitable access to schools, good jobs, healthful foods, essential services, and elected officials who reflect and respect the people they serve.

It takes a community, and we’re your community health center. We’re committed to educating, engaging, and mobilizing our members, our staff, our partners, and our leaders. Learn more about our ongoing efforts and initiatives.

Follow this link to get started with AltaMed or call us at (888) 499-9303.

AltaMed PACE Celebrates National PACE Month