Program of all Inclusive Care of the Elderly - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/6/10

Program of all Inclusive Care of the Elderly soon to open in Lubbock

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – It has taken years to get this here, thanks to MHMR and the efforts of State Representative Carl Isett, the doors will open next week in Lubbock to a place called "PACE," which stands for a Program of all Inclusive Care of the Elderly.

It's intended for seniors who are unable to stay at home all day by themselves, or are just lonely and want to socialize.  On our news at five, Dr. Andrew Dentino, Chief of Geriatric Medicine at Texas Tech, says this is a real coup for Lubbock.

"It will be the first program in our area that can care for people all day long, have medical care twenty-four, wrap around services in all under one roof.  No program in the country that has ever opened has failed.  We have three in Texas, El Paso, Amarillo, and now it's coming in Lubbock," said Dr. Dentino.

Along with various activities every day, pace will include a three room medical clinic, a therapy pool, a special area for seniors showing signs of dementia, daily transportation to and from the facility and it's funded by MHMR, but covered by Medicare.

The grand opening is set for January 12, which is next Tuesday morning from 11:30 to 2:00 at 4010 22nd Street.  For more information, please call 438-4698.

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