Many of us wish to remain in our homes as we age, however we find with each year it is more difficult to coordinate all the medically necessary services to live safely in the community. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) may be the answer.
PACE is a National program for adults 55+ who have health needs that affect their daily lives. PACE is administered by MassHealth and Medicare to provide a wide range of medical, social, recreational, and wellness services to eligible participants. The goal of PACE is to allow participants to live safely in their homes and/or community setting.
When you enroll in the PACE program, you receive all primary care and social day in one place—a PACE center. If you decide to join PACE, you must go to doctors and other providers who are in the PACE provider network. PACE will assign you an experienced team of health care and social service professionals to help create your personal care plan and help you follow it. The Team is Interdisciplinary and is comprised of a professional team of Geriatric Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists, Mental Health Providers, Nutritionists and Recreational Therapists.
Services include: Family Caregiver Support, Personal Care and Homemaking, Day Health Center for Meals and Activities, In-Home Services, Transportation and Meals, Physical, Occupational and Recreational therapies, Primary Health Care, Specialty Care including Podiatry, Dental, Optometry and Audiology, Prescription Drugs, Medical Supplies and Equipment, Emergency Care, Hospital Care and Nursing Home Care.
To enroll in PACE you must be 55+
• live in the service area of a PACE organization;
• be certified by the state as eligible;
• live in the community safely;
• agree to receive health services exclusively through the PACE organization; and
• meet the Social Security Act Title XVI disability standards, if 55 through 64 years of age.
You do not need to be on MassHealth to enroll in PACE. However, if you meet the income and asset guidelines you may be eligible for MassHealth and MassHealth may pay your PACE premium.
PACE is available 24 hours a day/365 days a year.
There are eight PACE programs in Massachusetts. Certain programs have supportive housing and assisted living options. For more information, please call 617-222-7466; email: www.mass.gov/hhs/PACE.
Submitted by Roberta Robinson, Director of Marketing & Outreach for the Elder Service Plan and Geriatric Division of the Cambridge Health Alliance