LONG BEACH, Calif. — WelbeHealth, operator of PACE programs across California, announced the enrollment of its first participants at LA Coast PACE in Long Beach and the upcoming launch of its fourth program, Sequoia PACE, in Fresno.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, WelbeHealth has quickly implemented a remote home care model to serve seniors and continue to enroll more.
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly is a Medicare and Medicaid program that provides medical and social services enabling older adults to live in the community instead of a nursing home or other care facility.
PACE services are available at no cost to most participants as part of their Medicare and MediCal benefits.
“In our HomePACE model of remote care, we help seniors stay healthy and thriving while avoiding nursing facilities, which have tragically become hotbeds for the spread of coronavirus,” said Si France, MD, founder and CEO of WelbeHealth. “We’re excited to expand our all-inclusive model of care into the greater Long Beach and Fresno regions to serve more vulnerable seniors when they need it most.”
LA Coast PACE’s first participants will enroll with the program on June 1, receiving home-based medical care, dental care, physical and occupational therapy and personal care.
Sequoia PACE, WelbeHealth’s fourth PACE program, will open later this year to serve seniors in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare Counties, including in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, Hanford, Tulare, and surrounding cities.
“There has never been a stronger imperative to keep frail seniors living more independently in their homes and communities,” said Sophia Guel-Valenzuela, regional vice president and executive director of LA Coast PACE. “We’re eager to help more seniors reach their full potential and live with confidence, purpose, and joy.”