PACE is a great model to support families caring for their elderly.
Clinic RN (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 18, 2016
PACE is an Adult Day Ctr with the Participant (PRT) being transported by van from/back to home, breakfast and lunch provided along with recreation therapy in Day Ctr. Adjacent is clinic where the PRT's Physician and pharmacy are located. Social work, PT/OT and Home Care also @ PACE and part of the Interdisciplinary Team.
As RN in the clinic: triage acute walk-ins, perform semi-annual assessments, contribute to Interdisciplinary Care Plan for each PRT. Provide treatment as ordered, education to PRT and their family on treatments, medications or other concerns about PRT.
Worked with professionals in multiple disciplines of care and found them to be compassionate and exhibiting real 'care' for PRTs.
Hardest: Everything listed above can become overwhelming to provide.
Best: contact with PRTs and working with some very special people.