According to the National PACE Association, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) began in the early 1970s when people living in San Francisco recognized the need for a community of care for the elderly. Since then, PACE has evolved into an important aspect of healthcare for many living in Pennsylvania and other parts of the United States. If you’re above the age of 55 and curious as to how PACE may affect you, keep reading.
What is PACE?
It is a federal program associated with Medicare and Medicaid. The purpose of PACE is to provide individuals with a community of healthcare providers, allowing them access to the care they need without having to be in a nursing home or other care facility.
Essentially, PACE is a community of providers in your area who provide high-quality care centered on one’s needs. PACE is designed to provide the type of care people above the age of 55 would otherwise need from a nursing home.
Who can qualify for PACE?
PACE isn’t for everyone. Instead, PACE services are reserved for those who meet certain criteria. Those who may qualify for PACE include those who meet the criteria listed below.
- Are of age 55 or older
- Live in the area of a PACE organization
- Need nursing home-level care
- Can live safely with help from PACE
There are a number of PACE organizations in Pennsylvania that serve patients all over the state. There are three in Philadelphia alone.
Medical Services Covered by PACE
For those who qualify for PACE, the services provided are numerous.
- Meal services
- Emergency services
- Dental services
- Primary care
- Prescription coverage
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Home care
- Preventative care
- Social work counseling
The cost of PACE varies on a case-by-case basis, as the amount that an individual pays for PACE is dependent upon that individual’s income. One great thing about PACE is that for those who do qualify, there are no prescription or medical service copays. Talk to a PACE organization near you about the services available to you and the costs you can expect.
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