In a typical day at InnovAge Colorado PACE – Lakewood, 87-year-old Katie looks forward to a day of activity.
She enjoys arts and crafts, Bingo, crocheting, and most of all, chatting with staff members and fellow participants. PACE is a great fit for Katie, who is a self-proclaimed “social butterfly.” Katie appreciates the ability to get all the medical care she needs under one roof and the chance to socialize daily.
Katie comes to InnovAge as a participant in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), an alternative to nursing facilities that provides customized healthcare and social engagement to older adults to help them stay independent.
After experiencing a heart attack on the day after Christmas three years ago, and as a 34-year breast cancer survivor, Katie is determined to make her health a priority. Katie’s team of InnovAge PACE doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, dentists, physical therapists, nutritionists, home health aides, and social workers provide her with medical care and social support at the Lakewood PACE center. They work together to address all of her healthcare needs. With their support, Katie continues to live independently and drives her own car.
Since coming to InnovAge, Katie was nominated by her peers to serve as president of the PACE Participants’ Council. She has strong leadership, a skill she attributes to being the eldest of 10 children. PACE Participant Advisory Committee members are InnovAge PACE participants who represent their fellow participants’ perspectives about services at the center. They work with InnovAge leadership to continually improve the program.
As Participants’ Council president, Katie encourages participants to voice their suggestions or concerns related to their PACE center, and concludes each meeting with employee praise. “The InnovAge employees are so great to us,” Katie says, “They also deserve recognition.”
The Lakewood PACE center was recently renovated. The center includes a new rehabilitation gym, updated clinical and dental facilities, a beauty shop, and more.
The mission of InnovAge is to sustain and enhance the independence and quality of life for those it serves. For more information, visit www.MyInnovAge.com.
Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Emma Heirendt, marketing specialist at InnovAge. To talk with a senior care expert, call 844-704-9613. TTY:711.