“ PACE programs help the most vulnerable seniors in the community improve their quality of life.”
PACE stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE programs coordinate and provide all needed preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services so that their participants can continue to live in the community. At the core of the PACE model is the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT): the IDT is comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, home-health nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, transportation coordinators, aides and others. They meet regularly to exchange information and solve problems as the conditions and needs of PACE participants change.
PACE participants attend the PACE center an average of three days per week. The center includes a health clinic with an on-site physician and nurse practitioner, physical and occupational therapy facilities and at least one common room for social and recreational activities. Because PACE participants have regular contact with primary care professionals who know them well, slight changes in their health status or mood can be addressed immediately.
How do you qualify for PACE?
A person must be age 55 or older, live in a PACE service area, be certified by the state to need nursing home-level care and assessed to be able to live safely in the community with PACE services at the time of enrollment. PACE programs tend to attract participants who are older and have very high care needs.
Who pays for PACE?
PACE is a dual eligible program through Medicare and Medicaid; private pay may also be arranged. PACE receives a monthly lump sum payment, which is used to pay for a variety of comprehensive services and care the participants need.
Editor’s note: This article was submitted by Leslie Mader. Leslie is the Manager of Outreach and Enrollment for TRU PACE based in Lafayette, CO. She may be reached at 303.665.0115 or firstname.lastname@example.org (see ad on next page).