Community, not-for-profit health care provider Midland Care announced today that the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is celebrating ten years of service in 2017.
PACE is a national program that provides community-based care and services to people who would otherwise need a nursing home level of care. Midland Care has provided PACE in Northeast Kansas since 2007. At the time, the program was only the 37th PACE to open in America. There are now 122 Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly across the United States. Midland Care PACE currently serves nearly 250 Kansans daily across twelve Kansas counties.
PACE may be an option for anyone over 55 who is able to live safely in the community and qualifies for a nursing home level of care, according to the state of Kansas. The model is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible. An interdisciplinary team that includes doctors, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, care managers, in-home caregivers, dietitians, occupational therapists and drivers works with patients to coordinate care.
“Celebrating ten years of PACE is an opportunity for us to reflect on the importance of this program in the communities we serve,” said Midland Care CEO Karren Weichert, “PACE addresses social, physical and spiritual needs, improving quality of life for our aging population to keep seniors at home and independent longer, as a vital part of our community.”