Services

St. Paul’s PACE Services include (but are not limited to):

  • Transportation to and from the PACE center and medical appointments
  • Adult (Senior) day care services
  • Primary medical and specialty care
  • Prescription drug coverage and management
  • Nutritious meals and dietary counseling
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Social services
  • Home care services
  • Dental, podiatry, optometry and other services
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Emergency Services (24 hours per day, 7 days per week)

Services covered are in accordance with the individualized care plan and approved by the PACE medical team.

Transportation

We all know that transportation is one of the biggest frustrations seniors face when they can no longer drive. At St. Paul’s PACE we provide transportation for our participants. We pick them up from their home and bring them to the PACE site and transport them home in the afternoon.

We also host regular field trips to Balboa Park, the Beach and other locations. Our drivers recently won an award for “BEST SERVICE PROVIDERS” in a quality survey, and they deserve it. Our drivers don’t just pull up in front of a senior’s home; they go up to the front door and assist our participant into the vehicle. For wheel chair bound participants we provide maximum safety with strapped down / lock in methods which have been approved by the State of California. You will not find more courteous and gentle people than the drivers at St. Paul’s PACE, who complete training on senior service and have an excellent driving record to work at PACE.

Should a participant require a specialty medical service which is not provided in the PACE clinic (though most services can be provided on site), our driver will drive the participant to the appointment and then back to the PACE site.

Day Center

The PACE day center provides social support in a safe, secure, and caring environment.

In St. Paul’s PACE San Diego senior day care, Participants enjoy social and recreational programs designed to stimulate memory and maximize physical ability such as word games, puzzles, checkers, bingo, dominoes, individual and group exercise programs, tai-chi, armchair aerobics, arts and crafts, intergenerational experiences, pet therapy, musical entertainment, holiday parties, day trips and quiet reflections. In fact, the center hosts approximately eight activities every day.

The San Diego senior day care center also provides appetizing meals according to nutritional needs and dietary restrictions. In addition, our specially trained staff provides personal care assistance and incontinence management. Friendships are built here at St. Paul’s PACE.

Medical Care

As well as seeing your Primary Care Doctor at PACE, you will see Specialists. We have many specialists who visit us at PACE monthly including a Podiatrist, Dentist, Optometrist and Audiologist. Our Psychologist visits PACE weekly. It is important to us that our participants get ALL of the medical services they need to thrive. All specialty appointments are referred by the Primary Care Physician and approved by our IDT.

As a PACE participant, your medications will be prescribed by your PACE primary care physician and provided by PACE. Please give clinic staff at least 24 hours to refill your prescription. If you are planning to be out of town for more than a week and need extended medications, please call the clinic at least 72 hours before you plan on leaving.

We provide emergency nursing support 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. How comforting to know it is one of the nurses you see at PACE that will be working with you no matter what time of day it is. Plus our nurses have access to your medical records in real time, so they have your medical history right in front of them. Prior authorization is not required for emergency services, but you or your family must contact the PACE center as soon as reasonably possible.

For participants, if you are having emergency/urgent issues Monday – Friday after 4:30 pm or weekends, please call (619) 677-3800

TTY: 1.800.735.2922 (hearing impaired).

Physical Therapy

The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to restore maximal functional independence to each individual participant.

Here at PACE we help our participants have independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Through participant and therapist interaction, physical therapy and occupational therapy can help restore movement and function helping participants achieve maximum functional independence and give our participants the necessary skills for “living life to its fullest”.

There are many conditions that affect people as they grow older including but not limited to: arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hip and joint replacement, and balance disorders. PACE therapists will help those affected by such problems by developing a specialized program to help restore mobility, reduce pain, and increase fitness levels.

Social Workers

Many PACE participants live alone and do not have family close by. With the support of PACE Social Workers, participants now have that extended family member to help them with paperwork, life challenges and day to day hurdles.

The social workers manage the on-going relationship between you, the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) and caregiver. They are part of the Interdisciplinary Team that coordinates your plan of care.
Should you be in the hospital, it is your Social Worker who will visit you and work with the hospital to ensure your needs are met. Our PACE participants have come to depend on our social workers for much of the personal hurdles we have to deal with in today’s world, and our social workers are happy to accommodate.

In-Home Care

St. Paul’s PACE provides in-home services for those participants who need it in accordance with their home care assessment. All home care hours are approved by the Interdisciplinary Team. For these individuals, the addition of home care will allow the participant to remain living independently at home. Services may include light cleaning, laundry, bathing, meal preparation and shopping.