CalOptima expanding all-inclusive senior care program to Anaheim, Laguna Woods and Santa Ana
CalOptima is partnering with five adult health care centers to expand a program that serves seniors with chronic health conditions beyond its Garden Grove location.
The partnership will combine adult day health care centers with the Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly center, or PACE, to provide seniors with routine medical services at facilities in Anaheim, Santa Ana, a second location in Garden Grove, and Laguna Woods, where most residents are of retirement age.
CalOptima, a county-organized health system that provides health coverage and social services to low-income residents and elderly people, opened a PACE center in Garden Grove in 2013 with the goal of helping frail seniors to continue living independently.
“By working with CBAS (community-based adult services) centers, PACE will be able to expand quickly to benefit our growing senior population,” said Richard Helmer, CalOptima’s chief medical officer.
The program will be implemented at all five sites over 18 months. It will be available at the second Garden Grove location April 1, with the Laguna Woods site to follow in July.
PACE focuses mostly on preventative health care services including routine medical care; physical, occupational and speech therapies; personal care; and rides to doctor’s appointments.
The main Garden Grove facility will be responsible for primary care services.
“You would receive your medical and health care services at the PACE center, but for your daytime supervision, meals, day-to-day monitoring, interactions with your social worker … that would all be handled at the alternative care settings,” PACE Director Elizabeth Lee said.
The PACE center features nonskid flooring, showers and bathrooms; furniture designed to prevent injury; exercise equipment; a health clinic and a recreation room for activities and cultural performances.
The program has garnered positive results, with several participants saying their physical and mental wellness had improved months after the center’s opening.
Beginning in July, PACE will serve all eligible seniors throughout Orange County. Previously, participants had to live within its service area.
To qualify, participants must be at least 55, be able to live safely at home or in a community setting with proper support and must be eligible for nursing facility services by the state.
For more information, call: 714-468-1100.
The PACE sites:
- Acacia Adult Day Services, 11391 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove
- SeniorServ Anaheim Adult Day Health Care, 1200 N. Knollwood Circle and the Sultan Adult Day Health Care Center, 125 W. Cerritos Ave., both in Anaheim
- SeniorServ Santa Ana Adult Day Health Care, 1101 S. Grand Ave., Santa Ana
- South County Adult Day Services, 24260 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods
- The existing PACE center is at 13300 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove
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