Cheyenne Regional Medical Center PACE Program providing new ways to assist senior citizens during pandemic

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now)- The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is looking to assist senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Our goal is to provide that in-home care and coordinate their care since they're living in the community," PACE Coordinator, Alicia MacArthur said.

PACE has been open in Cheyenne since 2013, with the purpose to provide socialization caring for the elderly. During the pandemic, PACE changed their guidelines, by not only serving the elderly in their facility, but making effort by taking care of people at their homes. Patients also have to schedule an appointment before receiving assistance. For those struggling with social isolation, PACE staff would visit the homes of the patients. The facility is only allowing one patient in at a time to help remain social distancing.

"It is a challenge, it is definitely with the social isolation and to know what is going to be our new norm. Patients are here to support, regardless whatever their needs are, we will do whatever it takes to help them as healthy as possible in their homes," Wyoming PACE Center Manager, Kris Steffen said.

Only seniors ages 55+ who live in Laramie County and with a health issue qualify for this program.