Team of Providers
The PACE model of care is unique because of its use of an interdisciplinary team. Team members meet daily to discuss the needs of clients. These meetings allow communication of issues so that team members can resolve problems promptly, avert serious medical concerns and plan for changes that will best address the needs of clients.
The team includes:
- Medical Director and Nurse Practitioner: These individuals focus on the provision of preventative services and overseeing the use of specialty care. Our medical staff is uniquely trained in geriatric medicine making them keenly aware of health issues facing our clients.
- Nursing Staff: Our highly skilled nursing staff provides teaching to clients intended to encourage independence and preventative medical care. Nurses provide home visits as needed and work closely with families to support their role as caregivers.
- Social Work: Our Masters prepared staff support clients and their families with meeting their psychosocial needs. Social workers team up with the nurses to provide teaching to clients and families, support with housing, address behavioral health needs and advocate for clients with community services.
- Certified Nursing Assistants: These individuals are certified to provide personal care to clients. They provide assistance with bathing, feeding, ambulation, toileting and grooming. At the Day Center, the aides assist in activities. Aides are also placed on the buses as escort aides to insure the safe transition of participants on and off the bus.
- Transportation: The drivers are CPR certified and trained in the safe management of frail seniors. They provide transportation to and from the center, and to medical appointments.
- Activities Staff: The activity director and aides organize stimulating and rewarding activities for clients at the center and at home. They work closely with clients to identify activities they would enjoy and that encourage mental stimulation, social engagement and physical health.
- Nutritionists: This team member assesses and monitors the dietary needs of the clients. They teach families how to provide healthy nutrition that will ensure optimum health.
- Rehabilitation: The team includes occupational, physical and speech therapists who establish measurable goals for clients intended to maintain current functioning or increase capability.