About Us: Center for Elders' Independence
The Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) is a PACE health plan for adults age 55 and over who prefer not to move into a nursing home but whose health problems make it impossible for them to stay at home without the help of caregivers. With CEI’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), all medical and social services are provided and coordinated by a care team of professionals who meet daily and work together from one integrated, personalized care plan. Each care plan is developed together with the client and caregivers to be sure it addresses their needs and goals.
The PACE model emphasizes prevention, early intervention and high-touch, intensive case management to prevent complications and maintain a good quality of life at home for as long as medically and socially possible.
Our Board of Directors
The CEI Board of Directors is made up of community professionals from the fields of health care, social services, legal services, finance and government. They reflect the ethnic diversity of our participants and share a commitment to maintaining high quality health care for East Bay seniors.(Return to top)
The Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) has a long history of providing high quality health care and social services to low-income older adults in the East Bay. Our preceding organization, Community Adult Day Health Services, opened Alameda County’s first Adult Day Health Center in 1982. That agency merged with the Coalition for Elders’ Independence in 1991 and began offering the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in 1992.
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CEI now operates four PACE Centers (three in Oakland and one in Berkeley) that serve nearly 500 frail seniors from northern Alameda County and West Contra Costa County, from Hayward through Richmond and El Sobrante. New Centers are being planned for Hayward and Richmond.
Each CEI PACE Center has a care team that includes a physician, nurse practitioner, clinic RNs/LVNs, physical/occupational/speech therapists, social workers, registered dietician, geriatric aides, homecare nurses/aides and transportation drivers. Each CEI participant is assessed by all of these professionals to create an individual care plan designed to maintain optimal health and functioning. Whenever needed, staff makes appointments for outside specialists, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures, and provides transportation.(Return to top)