March’s topic: Hope PACE, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. On Wednesday, March 11th, Lisa Kopp, Liaison for Hope Health Care Services, and Lawrence Dorf, MD, CPE, Hope PACE Medical Director, shared the wide range of services for the elderly offered through Hope PACE. The program itself helps seniors “live safely in the place you call home”. In SW Florida Hope PACE serves Charlotte, Collier and Lee Counties with centers located in Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Port Charlotte and, soon, in Cape Coral.
Pictured above: Lisa Kopp, Hope Liaison 1, and Dr. Lawrence Dorf, Hope PACE Medical Director.
Hope PACE Program
Hope PACE began in 1978 as an elderly care at home program in San Francisco’s Asian community and from there has become a national organization that is still growing. Their mission “is to provide client-centered holistic long term care to frail elderly individuals while supporting their core desires for dignity, autonomy and the ability to maintain a degree of independence[; a]nd, to support end of life decisions in a caring, supportive environment.”
The program utilizes a team based model of professional care givers that includes doctors, nurses, therapists and personal care aides who work to meet the social, emotional and practical needs of their clients.
Hope PACE’s in home services include providing medical equipment, supplies and medications; assistance in personal care such as showering and dressing; and care giver support that includes respite, care tips, and a 24/7 hot line! In their centers, Hope PACE , first, provides transportation to the center, and once there provides meals, activities, primary health care, as well as occupational, physical and speech therapy. The program also provides transport to medical specialists; and vision, hearing and dental care.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for Hope PACE you must be 55 or older; reside in Charlotte, Collier or Lee County; have health problems that may qualify you for nursing home care; and be able to live safely in the community with help.
April Meeting: US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart!
Next month join us on April 8, 12 noon to 1 pm, SWFLWorks, 750 South 5th St. Immokalee, FL 34142! The featured speaker is US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart!
Donna Hardy Johnston, Family Literacy Academy of Immokalee
Hope PACE, Toll-Free 800.835.1673, www.HopePACE.org