Cape Coral’s older residents now have a new care center available where they can go to receive services designed to help them stay healthy, active and socially connected – and to remain in their own homes rather than requiring nursing home care.

Hope HealthCare Services opened its Hope PACE Care Center last week in Cape Coral at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Building A.

Designed to meet the needs of seniors while also helping their families and caregivers, PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provides comprehensive, coordinated health care services, dental services, therapies, transportation and meals for those who would otherwise qualify for placement in a nursing home.

Through PACE, opportunities for socialization and care are available both at the PACE Care Centers and in the individual’s home. In additional to meeting healthcare needs, PACE offers help with personal care and light housekeeping.

Hope opened the new Cape Coral PACE Care Center to meet the increasing needs of the community’s older population and their families. Forty-two participants already are registered at the new location. Hope’s PACE program currently serves 220 seniors at its care centers in Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Naples and Port Charlotte.

Hope’s main goal when implementing the PACE program in 2008 was to help seniors continue to live independently in their own homes, according to Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services and the founding president of the Florida PACE Association.

“The challenges of aging or coping with chronic illness can make it difficult to stay at home,” said Beckwith. “PACE helps bring all health care services together to ensure these individuals are getting the attention they need to remain healthy and independent. For working adults with parents who need care and attention, the PACE program provides peace of mind that their loved ones are being cared for in a safe and supportive environment that meets their physical, emotional and social needs.”

For those 55 and older, the program provides participants with all health care services, including primary and specialized medical care; medications; medical supplies and equipment; lab and diagnostic services; occupational, speech and physical therapy; all necessary prescription drugs; home care and personal care aides; and hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care and end-of-life care.

To qualify, participants must have a health care diagnosis that qualifies them for nursing home care, live in Lee, Collier or Charlotte counties, and agree to allow the professionals at Hope HealthCare Services to manage their medical care. There is no fee for those with Medicaid; those with Medicare or other insurance can request a cost estimate.

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