Ascension Living Alexian PACE is honored to announce that we are the recipient of Ascension Living's Vineyard Award! This is a national award recognizing an exemplary team serving the older adults that Ascension Living cares for across 54 locations throughout the United States. An expert panel reviewed all candidates under the Ascension Living umbrella and chose Ascension Living Alexian PACE as the top-performing team for single-level senior care.

Our PACE team works with adults ages 55 and older who qualify for long-term care, but wish to remain in their own homes and communities, rather than moving to a facility. PACE participants benefit from a full range of services, including top-notch medical attention from physicians and nurse practitioners in the centers, home health, and adult day services. Team members provide a network of support for participants that includes many levels of care, from help with bathing and dressing at home, to reliable transportation to medical appointments. 

Since 1998, PACE's team has served a wide variety of participants with varying needs. As such, building trust and forming friendships is an incredibly important part of our mission. We are proud to have a staff of exceptional caregivers who not only meet external needs, but who love and nurture for the hearts and minds of these older adults, too. Without their unwavering commitment to providing compassionate and dignified care, PACE could not exist. 

Danny Stricker, chief operating officer for Ascension Living praised our team members for their outstanding achievements, stating, "The team's relentless focus on the health and wellbeing of the participants, and significant attention to understanding each participant's needs and goals, allows [PACE] to be successful and provides inspiration to many. I am humbled by their noble work to help Chattanooga residents live their fullest lives, including at the end of life."  

Brian Cooper, vice president of operations for Ascension Living PACE, praised the leadership efforts of our directors and doctors, stating "[they] have naturally created a family like culture and built a team that is driven to always do the right thing for their PACE participants." 

PACE's high level of staff retention is a crucial component in creating this family culture; our team members and participants come to know and trust one another through years of interaction and service. These long-term relationships not only offer peace of mind, but also make it possible for joyful friendships to develop, enriching the lives and communities of our participants. 

Ascension Living Alexian PACE thanks Ascension Living for their recognition of our efforts to provide holistic, compassionate care for vulnerable adults living in our community. We are honored to support these amazing men and women and to become trusted members of their families

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Connect, Create, Contribute

May is Older Americans Month. In honor of this, the Administration for Community Living has made their theme 2019 Connect, Create, Contribute, encouraging older adults to live active, thriving lives, and asking loved ones to participate in their success. Alexian PACE would like to share with you how we strive to bring this vision to life for all the adults we serve, not just this month, but all throughout the year!


One of the primary functions of our program is to care for the hearts of older adults living at home by connecting them with community. We do this in a number of ways, beginning with our staff: members of PACE are brought into a compassionate family of care, and have access to a team which includes medical professionals, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers, and more.

Some of our other resources for connection include:

Day Centers: PACE has three day centers for our participants to enjoy. Here our staff host special events, games, activities and provide healthy meals. These are fun opportunities for our participants to connect with their community and form new friendships.

Transportation: Transportation is a key piece of what PACE has to offer. Drivers not only provide transport to and from medical appointments and our day centers, but they develop a personal relationship with the adults they serve.

Home healthcare: Our caregivers and nurses that make home visits do far more than offering medical assistance and help around the house: they invest in the lives of the families they serve, and become part of their community.


Our staff at Alexian PACE also cares deeply about engaging the minds of our participants, to promote quality of life and personal enrichment. We take a holistic approach which includes:

Memory care: We provide a memory care unit on our campus which offers specialized nursing and personal care for individuals who need assistance in this capacity. Memory care has been shown to improve quality of life in many ways, from reducing fall risks to maintaining vital and loving relationships.  Memory care also promotes peaceful and meaningful engagement for those who need a calming environment and compassionate caregivers.

Events and opportunities to create: From gardening, live music, Tai Chi, crafting and special outings, we love to provide an atmosphere that fosters creation, inspiration and ongoing education. Engaging the mind’s creativity helps to form new neural pathways, which is effective for promoting brain health, memory and mental agility. Our desire is to enhance the lives of our participants in all directions by providing opportunities to grow and engage their passions.


The team at PACE believes that our participants are full of valuable life experiences, talents and wisdom. By caring for their physical health, we hope to support them in using these gifts to benefit and enrich their families and communities. Some of our physical care programs include:

Healthcare: At our day centers, participants can build strength and maintain health through the care of our occupational and physical therapists, dieticians who support their nutritional needs, and other medical professionals who monitor their care. Our rehab team partners with PACE participants to promote safety by preventing falls and maximizing physical function.  We also coordinate all specialist appointments as a part of the comprehensive PACE model of care.

Personal care: Our focus on caring for the physical needs of our participants is not limited to medical concerns. A beauty shop is available at our center, and home care aides help folks with bathing, dressing and feeling outwardly prepared for their day.

Onsite pharmacy: Staying on top of medications is incredibly important for long and short-term health. We provide and deliver all prescriptions and over the counter medications that are needed.


By caring for the hearts, minds and bodies of the adults we serve, our team seeks to honor and acknowledge all aspects of our members' lives as important and valuable. For more information about Older Americans Month, please visit

Advice from a Tree

December 11th, 2018

Advice from a Tree

What nature teaches us about life

As fall turns toward winter, it can be difficult to embrace change or capture glimpses of beauty in the midst of loss.  The same leaves that were glorious in colors just weeks ago, have now withered and the branches are bare.  Likewise the changing seasons might remind us of the changes in our aging loved ones as they face having to stop driving, experience a fall with injuries, or have to move in with a daughter for extra care and support.  The beauty of family relationships can become strained when dementia causes changes in behavior or mood or physical function.  When we have difficulty coping with change and adjusting to new kinds of normal, let's look to the trees for some words of wisdom.  May this poem bring insight and fresh perspective for you in this season.  

Advice From A Tree

--by Ilan Shamir (Sep 25, 2017)

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!