What is PACE
What is PACE?
Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly
We all want the best care for our aging loved one, but getting that care can be frustrating. If you have an aging loved one, you know what it’s like to drive your loved one from appointment to appointment; to manage all of their medications; to deal with doctors who don’t talk to one another; and you struggle with leaving your loved one at home, alone and without the supervision, company and interaction they want and need.
PACE is a different kind of care
It doesn’t have to be this way. Thousands of families across America have found a different and better kind of care for their aging loved ones – PACE. And what these PACE families have experienced is a program that provides and coordinates all the types of care your loved one needs, so you don’t have to place them in a nursing home. This care includes:
- Medical care
- Personal care
- Social interaction
- And even transportation
All in one place so your loved one can live at home.
PACE is care that revolves around you
PACE programs coordinate and provide all needed preventive, primary, acute and long term care services so that older individuals can continue living in the community.
PACE is an innovative model that enables individuals who are 55 years old or older and certified by their state to need nursing home care to live as independently as possible.
Through PACE, today’s fragmented health care financing and delivery system comes together to serve the unique needs of each individual in a way that makes sense to the frail elderly, their informal caregivers, health care providers and policy makers.
PACE utilizes interdisciplinary teams - including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, therapists, van drivers and aides - to exchange information and solve problems as the conditions and needs of each individual who decides to participate in PACE change - all with the objective of enabling participants to live longer in the community.
PACE saves. Once an individual is enrolled in PACE there is never a deductible or co-payment for any drug, service or care that is approved by the interdisciplinary team.
PACE provides participants regular access to doctors and other primary care professions who know them and who specialize in caring for older people.
PACE participants have improved health status and quality of life, lower mortality rates, increased choice in how time is spent, and greater confidence in dealing with life’s problems, according to a recent Abt Associates study.
The PACE financing model combines payments from Medicare and Medicaid or private pay sources into one flat-rate payment to provide the entire range of health care and services, including paying for hospital care, in response to individual needs. Participants may be fully and personally liable for the costs of unauthorized or out-of-PACE program agreement services.
PACE utilizes transportation systems to enable participants to live as independently as possible in the community while having access to the supportive services, medical specialists, therapies and other medical care they need.
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The Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation is working to potentially bring the Power of PACE to northern Michigan. It can’t happen without you.
To learn more about what you can do to support this effort
call (231) 943-2601 or email