Innovative PACE program aims to keep seniors out of nursing homes

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 11/5/15. Martha Sims works out as Sandra Gaston supervises her adult daycare client while at the Alexian Brothers Community Services facility off of Cumberland Street in downtown Chattanooga on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Who are the Alexian Brothers?

The Congregation of Alexian Brothers is an 800-year-old Catholic lay organization, all male, that has as its mission “caring for the sick, the poor and the dying and promoting the physical, mental, spiritual and social health and well-being of all individuals we serve.” In Tennessee, they focus on care for seniors, although in other states they have hospices for AIDS patients, medical facilities for women and children, or mental health facilities, managed through the Alexian Brothers Health System. In 2012, the Alexian Brothers Health System merged with St. Louis-based Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit and Catholic health system in the U.S. In Chattanooga, Alexian Brothers operates PACE; Alexian Village, a campus on Signal Mountain that offers independent living, assisted living and rehabilitation; the Alexian Grove apartments for independent living; and the Alexian Brothers Valley Residence for patients with dementia.