Ensuring the safety, health and vibrancy of SWFL seniors

Samira K. Beckwith

As we continue to adapt to an ever-changing world, one thing has remained unwavering: our commitment to helping seniors live safely in our community by providing health care, a hot meal or a hand. National PACE Month is the perfect time to highlight the comprehensive benefits of Hope PACE – an all-inclusive senior care program.

Hope PACE participant Gladys Jarvis notes, “I’m 80, I don’t drive anymore but I don’t feel alone or lost because I have PACE and the wonderful angels who help me clean and shopping.” Gladys shared that she also felt supported throughout the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic: “We felt so comforted to have you all just a phone call away. Many of our friends here who don’t belong to PACE tell us about the problems of not getting answers from their doctors or even not being able to get their medications. Someone calls me every week to make sure everything is fine and to ask me if I need anything.

Samira K. Beckwith

Gladys and other Hope PACE participants receive coordinated and personalized care to improve their quality of life and age where they live. The program offers solutions for the whole family. A team approach ensures that older people enjoy choice, dignity and quality care – staying as healthy and active as possible for as long as possible. Caregivers receive professional training and advice on how best to support their aging loved one.

Even in the absence of a pandemic, the program’s unique design helps minimize the risk of infection, emergency room visits and hospitalizations for participants by providing clinical care from the comfort of home. Frequent phone calls and telehealth visits with Hope PACE staff members help seniors and their families deal with the many challenges of aging.

Participants receive personal care, prescription drugs and medical supplies as well as safe transportation to critical appointments in colorful Hope Mobiles. Through Hope PACE, seniors can access a strong network of fully covered, coordinated care.

Having all-inclusive care means seniors enjoy a host of benefits and services beyond those that meet medical needs. Hope PACE staff members offer help with social and emotional challenges like loneliness, confusion and anxiety. Fun activities, games and socializing with other participants are some of the program’s most valued services.

Having experienced the myriad benefits of Hope PACE firsthand, Gladys says, “Some friends even felt stuck, but not us PACE members. Bless you all for taking such good care of us. We do not feel forgotten.

Hope PACE is an essential safety net for the physical and emotional health, safety and well-being of seniors in our community. During National PACE Month in September, we invite your family to visit one of our fully equipped, state-of-the-art Hope PACE Centers located in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. You can also visit HopePACE.org to take a five-minute survey to see if you or your loved one qualify for our all-inclusive care. For more details, please call us at 239-985-6400.

Samira K. Beckwith is President and CEO of Hope Healthcare.

Hope PACE is a program of Hope Healthcare, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing care and comfort for over 40 years to people of all ages living in Southwest Florida.

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