Jun 19, 2014
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West County seniors are now more able to receive care at home instead of a nursing facility as part of a partnership between two Bay Area organizations.

The Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) and Guardian Adult Day Health Care Center (Guardian) have announced a collaboration to offer more choices in medical and support services for eligible local seniors who enroll in CEI’s extensive PACE (the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) health plan.

Through the partnership, qualified current Guardian and CEI participants as well as West County seniors who are new to both Guardian and CEI will have access to CEI’s expanded array of services while still receiving Guardian’s adult day health services close to home.

CEI’s PACE Center offers  medical, dental, optometry and podiatry care, expanded physical therapy and rehabilitation services, acupuncture, massage, home care, and transportation to and from all medical appointments. Care is coordinated through a team of doctors and caregivers who work closely together to keep participants as healthy and independent as possible.

Funding cuts to senior services, mixed with a rapidly aging population, had demand growing for CEI’s business model, CEO Linda Trowbridge said.

“Partnering with Guardian expands our ability to serve seniors in Contra Costa County, and gives more people more choices for quality health care,” Trowbridge added.

Peter Behr, Guardian’s administrator and CFO, said the PACE plan complements Guardians services and “offers quality healthcare for people with limited financial and physical resources.”

“And we know, from years of experience, that transportation to and from all medical appointments will be a great benefit for our eligible seniors and their family caregivers,” Behr said.

PACE services more than 32,000 seniors in 31 states who live at home.

CEI and Guardian will hold a community open house on June 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Guardian Center, 3905 San Pablo Dam Road in El Sobrante.

Speakers will include John Gioia, Contra Costa County Supervisor, Behr, and Trowbridge.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.