The Los Angeles Jewish Home’s “Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly” (PACE) is called the Brandman Centers for Senior Care (BCSC). They deliver high quality healthcare and social services to qualified seniors age 55 and over. They call the seniors in their program “participants.”
BCSC serves San Fernando Valley residents who need a nursing home level of care, as determined by California’s Department of Health Care Services Long-Term Care Division, and prefer to remain living at home. Participants must be able to live independently in the community without putting their health and safety at risk.
Their lovely community Center is on the Los Angeles Jewish Home campus at 7150 Tampa Ave. in Reseda. They serve seniors in Reseda and the Los Angeles County communities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hills, Northridge, Panorama City, Porter Ranch, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana, Valley Village, Van Nuys, West Hills, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills.
The PACE model evolved in the early 1970s in San Francisco. Seniors and their families in the Chinatown/North Beach area — home to Chinese, Italian, and Filipino immigrants — faced pressing needs. A public health dentist, Dr. William Gee, and a community social worker, Ms. Marie Louise Ansak, brought together a group of local leaders. With an innovative approach to senior health care, they opened On Lok Senior Health Services. On Lok is Cantonese for “peaceful, happy abode.”
BCSC is open five days a week, excluding holidays, year-round, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. These hours, combined with transportation as needed, offer family members peace of mind and time to take care of other demands, whether a job, errands, or other activities.
The staff includes a center manager, primary care physician, medical specialists, nurse, social worker, recreation therapist, occupational, physical and speech therapists, dietitian, personal care attendants, enrollment representative, transportation coordinator, and others who provide care.
A participant may attend the Center one to five days a week, depending upon need. BCSC provides meals and has separate areas for dining, rehabilitation, recreation, personal care and laundry, a medical clinic, quiet room, and a garden patio. Each morning and afternoon, specially equipped vans bring participants to and from the Center.
BCSC offers primary and specialty medical care, laboratory and diagnostic services. On-site services including vision care, dental services, audiology, podiatry, nursing, social services, physical, occupational and speech therapy, medications, and recreational therapy.
BCSC also provides home healthcare, personal care and in-home assistance, transportation to the center and medical specialist appointments. Nursing home care, acute hospitalization, and urgent or emergency care may also be arranged. Equally important to long-term well-being, BCSC offers preventive health services through frequent medical check-ups, exercise and fitness programs, and dietary monitoring. Medicare, Medi-Cal and private pay is accepted.
For more information on Brandman Centers for Senior Care call (818) 774-8444 or TTY at (818) 774-3194, or contact us via e-mail at BrandmanSeniorCare@jha.org or visit brandmanseniorcare.org.