What is PACE?
Midland Care’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a not-for-profit health care program that helps people at risk for needing nursing home care who meet a level of care requirement stay in their own homes and communities.
For PACE participants, PACE means a team of experienced doctors, nurses and other health care professionals getting to know the participant and working with him or her to design a plan to aid in achieving health goals. PACE may be for you if you are interested in a team committed to helping you:
- Be as healthy as possible for as long as possible
- Remain in your own home and community with your family
- Focus on what you can do, instead of what you cannot do
PACE includes health services based on a plan of care, such as doctor appointments, hospital visits, behavioral health services, dental and vision care, pharmacy, medical transportation, day center care, home support, nutrition services, medical supplies and, if needed, nursing facility care. Participating in PACE simplifies access to health care and prevents fragmented health care that can be unsafe. The PACE team gets to know each participant and works with that person to make decisions about care. At the Midland Care PACE clinic, participants access their primary care physician, nurses, physical, occupational, speech and nutritional therapy services and social activities at one convenient location with transportation provided if necessary. In-home services may also be provided as needed.
PACE is an innovative program offered by over 100 local providers in 32 states, including Midland Care. The PACE model of care was created in 1973 in an effort to help the Asian-American community in San Francisco care for its elders in their own homes. For these families, the option of placing their elders in nursing homes was not a culturally acceptable solution. In order to meet this community need, local organizations created an innovative way to offer a comprehensive array of medical services using home care and an adult day setting. The model was tested nationally and found successful. PACE has been available in Northeast Kansas since 2007, when Midland Care opened the 37th PACE program in America. (1)
If you are interested enrolling or learning more about PACE, contact us today at 1-800-726-7450 (TTY 1-866-735-2957). The sooner you call, the sooner we can help.
(1) National PACE Association. (2016). Is PACE for You? Retrieved from http://www.npaonline.org/pace-you