When COVID-19 forced PACE to shift exclusively to in-home and virtual services for New Orleans seniors, the staff was ready to quickly adapt and pivot.
“The whole model of PACE is flexibility and individualized care,” said Trisha Ventura, a PACE occupational therapist. “Our executive director always says we are not a cookie-cutter service. We’re constantly adapting and changing, so it has not been a tremendously difficult transition for us.”
PACE is an affiliated ministry of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. Its mission is to enable older adults to live in their homes and in the community as long as it is medically and socially feasible to do so. The PACE comprehensive healthcare program includes physician care, medications, rehabilitative therapy, personal care services, transportation, meal delivery and nutrition counseling.