Description & History

Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) is a unique way of providing health care in the United States.  CEI offers seniors independence and a high quality of life by providing affordable medical and support services to help them to stay in their home.  When this is no longer possible, CEI assists seniors in making arrangements for increased care needs in skilled nursing facilities. 

CEI chose the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) as the structure for providing these services.  Like all medical insurance companies, we are highly regulated by the government.  Unlike most medical insurance companies we not only insure the participant, we also provide the care.  All excess money is turned back into improving care. CEI participants can choose to opt out at any time.

Care is centered around the participant.  All inclusive care includes medical, preventative, rehabilitation and social support.  PACE is the only truly integrated acute and long term care services provider for frail seniors. Care is coordinated through an Inter-Disciplinary Team (IDT) which meets regularly to discuss participant issues and review care plans even if the participant is in the hospital or other care facility.  People enrolled in the program are called participants and are expected to participate in their care. PACE embraces the whole person by providing all services needed:

  • primary care
  • hospital services
  • emergency services
  • social services
  • medications
  • transportation
  • home care
  • rehabilitation therapies
  • dental care, and
  • complimentary therapies

People are eligible to join CEI PACE if they are:

  • 55 years or older,
  • a resident of our service area,
  • able to live in the community safely, and
  • meet the level of care requirements by the California Department of Health Care Services

Our typical member is:

  • female,
  • widowed,
  • about 77 years old,
  • diagnosed with 7-8 chronic diseases and conditions,
  • Medi-Cal and Medicare eligible, and
  • lives in a private home...not a skilled nursing facility.

CEI is funded by federal Medicare and state Medi-Cal.  Some participants have a share of cost that is the same as their share of cost for regular Medi-Cal coverage. CEI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and accepts tax-deductible donations. 

For CEI to grow and continue to be a quality provider of community-based, long-term care in the East Bay, everyone must work together. We are a dynamic team where each member is important in maintaining the participant’s quality of life. 




About the organization

Center for Elders' Independence

Andrew Hayes
Volunteer Coordinator
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