Journalist Jane Pauley was the keynote speaker when Neighborly Care Network unveiled its second-story headquarters on May 27, a year to the day after the building broke ground at its location at 13945 Evergreen Ave. in Clearwater.
"I spoke at an event for Neighborly Care Network about 15 years ago when my parents were still living in Clearwater
," says Pauley. "It was one of my father's last public outings before he passed away, so coming back to Clearwater for this is like a homecoming for me."
The second floor of the 33,000-square-foot building houses headquarters for Neighborly Care Network's
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). PACE
provides home and health care services that enable seniors to maintain their independence while still receiving care and supervision that keeps them safe and healthy.
In addition to administration offices, the four-story Clearwater location houses services that encompass adult day care, nutrition, transportation, home health care and a pharmacy, among others.
"The facility is beautiful," says Debra Shade, president and CEO of Neighborly Care Network. "We chose this location seven years ago because our previous office was only a stone's throw away. It is a central location and provides easy access to Tampa."
In August 2009 a PACE facility opened in St. Petersburg
that housed Pinellas' Neighborly Care Network. But its operations and members have relocated to the Clearwater location. "It will be very convenient to have so many of our services housed under one roof," says Shade. "It allows us to better serve seniors throughout Pinellas County.
Shade is a passionate advocate for seniors and looks at the new building and its services as a way to help seniors get help faster. "It only makes sense for us to pursue and persevere on behalf of all seniors in Pinellas County
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Debra Shade, Neighborly Care Network