Piedmont Health SeniorCare has announced that it will open its new facility in Pittsboro Dec. 12. The facility, an innovative program for senior citizens is growing in popularity as an alternative to nursing homes, had been expected to open in October but was delayed by the state approval ,process.
A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the SeniorCare facility, 163 Chatham Business Drive in Pittsboro. It is free and open to the community at large and will include refreshments and door prizes.Speakers at the event include Pittsboro Mayor Bill Terry and Dennis Streets, director of the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.
The facility will serve up to 150 senior residents (55 years and older) of Chatham, Orange, and Lee counties.
Piedmont Health SeniorCare is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), a growing model of care as the nation seeks to contain health-care costs while maximizing quality of care, according to articles in such publications as the New York Times and the Washington Post. PACE programs offer comprehensive services designed to allow seniors who might ordinarily move to a nursing facility to remain at home instead. Program participants receive a variety of services from the SeniorCare facility but also receive additional services at home or by contracted community providers.
Pittsboro is Piedmont’s second PACE site; its first PACE site was opened in 2008 in Burlington. There are currently eight operational PACE programs in the state, a number that is rapidly growing. The Pittsboro site is the state’s ninth PACE site and the first expansion site from an existing PACE provider.
Piedmont Health SeniorCare is nonprofit and part of Piedmont Health Services, which also operates seven community health centers in North Carolina. The Pittsboro SeniorCare facility was established with support and partnerships from several other local organizations:
- The Chapel Hill-based Carol Woods Retirement Community has provided substantial support of this new facility, including a van, piano, and a recent $10,000 gift to support transportation of the program’s seniors. Carol Woods has provided strategic direction and community engagement in the program’s development.
- The Duke Endowment recently awarded a $300,000 grant to the Carol Woods Retirement Community in order to support the start-up of the new Piedmont Health SeniorCare facility in Pittsboro. Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits.
- Carolina Meadows, a continuing care retirement community in southern Chatham County, has also assisted in the establishment of this site, including generous donations of equipment and furnishings, as well as two quilts made by their residents that hang on display in the SeniorCare facility.
- UNC Department of Family Medicine has partnered with PHSC to establish a teaching and training component to this site. The State Employees Credit Union Foundation provided financing via a low-interest loan.
- Piedmont Health also received a $262,374 grant earlier this year from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for the SeniorCare facility. The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust works to improve the quality of health care for North Carolina residents in financial need. The organization is located in Winston-Salem, N.C.