The Center for Elders’ independence (CEI) has announced plans to close the Guardian Adult Day Health Care Center at 3905 San Pablo Dam Rd. in El Sobrante on Feb. 26, and to open a new state-of-the-art center on the Richmond-El Sobrante border late this year that will provide “highly coordinated health care and social services” to seniors through the Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model of care.
“COVID brought many challenges to Adult Day Healthcare and the model is not fully meeting the needs of the community,” CEI President and CEO Maria Zamora said in a statement. “Current PACE members attending Guardian will have uninterrupted service through our Berkeley PACE center. We will be working with the health plans in the area to make sure any current Guardian participants who are not in PACE, can get other community services.”
Zamora added, “All of the talented and committed Guardian staff are being offered the opportunity to work at other PACE centers until West County PACE opens later this year.”
The forthcoming 18,000 square-foot center will be called PACE West County and will combine a day center, a full geriatric clinic, rehab gym, dental, homecare and transportation administered by professionals who specialize in caring for seniors, according to CEI. It will also feature a senior social center for activities and hot meals.
The PACE model of care is designed for seniors with preexisting conditions and focuses on preventative care so people stay healthy and happy and out of the hospital, CEI states.
“We are firmly committed to this community,” Zamora said. “CEI has been serving West County for 22 years, and we want to provide more robust services by locating a PACE center in the heart of West County.”