La Paloma Grand Opening Tuesday, featuring program "PACE" for elderly - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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La Paloma Grand Opening Tuesday, featuring program "PACE" for elderly

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – We want to remind you that Tuesday is the grand opening of a new kind of activity center for seniors in Lubbock called La Paloma.  It is the shell for a first-of-its-kind facility in Lubbock called "PACE." 

"PACE" is an acronym that stands for, "Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly".  The building is currently empty right now, but it scheduled to be a place for seniors who are unable to be at home by themselves all day, or for those that are just lonely and want to get out and socialize.  Along with daily activities, there is also a gym, speech and occupational therapists, swimming pool, and a three-room medical clinic on site with and a special Alzheimer's unit.  PACE is funded by MHMR, a government agency.    

"It's a Medicaid and Medicare funded program. Once a person chooses to come in to the program, then they no longer have co-pays, they no longer have deductibles and they will no longer receive stacks and reams of paper, explanations of benefits that say you may owe this amount to your provider," said Beth Lawson, Chief Financial Officer for MHMR.  "We receive a flat rate per month for each person that we serve to provide all their health care services."

Another great benefit is that there will be daily transportation to and from La Paloma for seniors if needed.  Initially, the state has allowed the space for just 150 seniors, although it may grow to include room for more seniors later.

The grand opening is set for Tuesday January 12th, at 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. La Paloma is located at 4010 22nd Street.  For more information, please call (806) 438-4698.

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