Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann, a Freehold, NJ Elder Care Attorney

What is PACE?

PACE stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. It is an innovative Medicare program that provides individuals age 55 and older comprehensive medical and social services provided by a team of professionals in a community-based center and in their homes, helping program participants delay or avoid long-term nursing home care. The PACE center serves as the hub for medical care, rehabilitation, social activities and dining.

Eligibility to participate in PACE

To participate, an individual must be 55 years of age or older, require nursing home level of care but be able to live safely in the community at time of enrollment with the services of PACE.

What services are provided through PACE?

PACE provides all the services covered by Medicare and Medicaid, without the limitations normally imposed by these programs. It also provides any other services deemed necessary by the team that allows participants to remain in the community. Services provided by PACE include, but are not limited to, primary care (including doctor, dental and nursing services), prescription drugs, adult day health care, home and personal care services, nutrition services, and hospital and nursing home care if and when needed. Transportation to and from the center and all off-site medical appointments is also provided.

Who pays for PACE?

PACE agencies receive Medicare and Medicaid funds each month to ensure participant care, whether services are provided in the home, community or in a nursing home setting.

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