What They’re Watching: Daniel Hernandez, San Ysidro Health

Daniel Hernandez is the Director of Community Relations at San Ysidro Health. He joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to talk about the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

“Because of the population we serve, we’re a federally qualified health center, we have a system of clinics in San Diego County. But at the border, in San Ysidro where we started, we developed a PACE program that I believe has up to 150 participants at this time.

Basically, what we do is pick up seniors in their home and bring them to the location for everything from medical care to mobility care to socialization, nutrition classes, and well care. So, it’s something that’s important and it’s done in a setting where people can come and join together during the day and not have a babysitter at home that’s a television. It gets them out of the house, it gets them into socialization, it gets them active, it keeps the mind active. It’s important that we develop those types of programs because as I mentioned, America is getting older and we have to meet the demand of the services that they require.”