Celebrating National PACE Month



PACE is an acronym that stands for Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly and September is National PACE Month.

Since 2004, The Basics at Jan Werner is a non-profit, PACE program that provides community-based services to a frail elderly, low-income, nursing home eligible population, according to Alana Chilcote, Executive Director at Jan Werner Adult Day Care.

“There are 233 PACE Centers nationally, serving over 40,000 PACE enrollees in 31 states, but currently only 3 PACE Centers in Texas and we’re proud that we’ve been able to bring these Lifesaving and liberating services to the Amarillo and Canyon area.”

The Basics at Jan Werner offers and manages health, medical and social services needed to restore or preserve the frail elderly person’s independence.

Frail, older people are the fastest growing group and have multiple and complex chronic illnesses, she explained. 

The Basics at Jan Werner is a PACE program that provides physician care and supervision, nursing care, day health care, in-home services, rehabilitative services, prescription drugs, medical equipment and supplies, medical specialists such as audiology, dentistry and optometry and transportation.

These PACE services minimize the use of emergency room, hospitals and nursing homes by participants, and reduces the overall cost of care, added Chilcote.

“Helping Seniors over 55 stay independent longer,” is more than a motto to us, said Chilcote.

“We are the only adult day care center in Amarillo and Canyon providing services to over
110 persons each day, including PACE participants,” added Chilcote.

“Our Transportation Service is the lifeblood of our Center,” she added.  

“We depend on our 16 bus drivers, like Cheryl Blackstock, to be our eyes and ears in the community and build trust with our clients so that we can service their unmet needs,” said Chilcote.

Monday thru Friday, Jan Werner provides around 250 trips daily to and from the Center as well as to client’s medical appointments.

For 16 years, Cheryl Blackstock has counted it a privilege to be a part of the lives she transports.

“Our PACE Program keeps many people from being isolated and allows them to stay in their homes longer.  Sometimes, I’m the only smile and hug they’ll get that day,” said Blackstock. “In fact, my own Mother has benefited from this remarkable program,” she added. 

“I’ve seen nervous, first-time clients who are in wheelchairs, turn into social, happy, humans who can now walk up and down our bus steps after utilizing our PACE therapy services,” added Blackstock.

“I listen to their stories, introduce them to other clients in the bus and watch the magic unfold as they feel the joys of becoming more independent through our services. As much as I give them, they give me back more. They’re family. It’s so much joy and it fills my heart,” said Blackstock.

“We serve 130 hot, nutritious meals to our clients every day,” said Chilcote. “And that’s included
in the PACE services at no cost to clients who qualify. We are privileged to serve our community and our clients as they age with dignity. We diligently work every day to make sure that Happy Days are truly Here for our clients,” said Chilcote.

Opened in 1978, Jan Werner Adult Day Care is the first and largest adult day care in Texas.

Jan Werner’s Basics PACE Program has been allocated 161 PACE slots by the Health and Human Services Commission and currently has an enrollment of 130 participants. 


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