PACE Comes to the Jewish Home

PACE

In an effort to serve an ever-growing population of aging Angelenos, the Jewish Home will be opening the Brandman Centers for Senior Care, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), this fall.

Over the last century, the Los Angeles Jewish Home has grown from a Passover Seder for five elderly homeless men to a multi-level senior care organization serving more than 2,700 seniors each year. But as the senior community in Los Angeles grows, so do their healthcare needs.

PACE is a Medicare- and Medicaid-sponsored program that allows seniors 55 years and older to receive the care they would normally get at a nursing home while remaining in their community. Begun in the early 1970’s in San Francisco, PACE programs provide an incredibly wide array of medical, therapeutic, and activity services to help seniors continue to live vibrant, healthy lives.

Heading up the Brandman Centers at the Jewish Home is executive director Gretchen Brickson. With extensive experience working at On Lok Lifeways, the first California PACE program and prototype for the PACE model, Brickson is at the forefront of extending the Jewish Home’s continuum of care to a significantly wider senior community.

“It’s an honor and a wonderful opportunity to be part of an organization that has such a vision for good quality care for seniors,” Brickson said. “I’ve been involved with PACE for a long time, but it’s exciting to be involved right from the beginning, when you’re starting something new.”

Just as the non-profit Jewish Home relies heavily on the generosity of supporters and donors, the Brandman Centers for Senior Care are being developed with the generosity of some of the Home’s most influential community leaders.

“It’s through the generosity of Joyce Brandman and her late husband, Saul,  that we are able to develop the PACE program at the Los Angeles Jewish Home,” said Arnold Possick, vice president of health and community-based services. “Mrs. Brandman has graciously been involved in the design and development of this center. She’s actually traveled with us to different PACE sites, and will be contributing some of her original artwork to the center. We believe it will be one of the most attractive PACE centers in California.”

Construction is well underway at the Home’s Grancell Village campus, customizing an entire floor of the Schulman Medical Building to fit PACE’s strict specifications. When the Brandman Centers for Senior Care opens — tentatively scheduled for fall 2012 — it will include medical examination and dental treatment rooms, space to shower and launder clothes, a state-of-the-art physical therapy center, a kitchen, and group therapy and activity rooms.

“The Jewish Home is 100 years old, and today it provides such a high quality of care that we have a long waiting list,” explained Brickson. “The Brandman Centers for Senior Care will provide an opportunity for the Jewish Home to take its very high quality care out into the community, and serve more seniors who can live independently at home with the support of PACE.”

For more information, Medicare and Medicaid provide information about PACE on their websites, or visit the National PACE Association website. You can also reach the Brandman Centers for Senior Care at (818) 774-3274.

BCSC, a subsidiary corporation of the non-profit Los Angeles Jewish Home, is currently completing an application for submission to the State of California and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to become a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly.

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