PACE Helps Many Seniors Live at Home LongerPosted by Medicare Made Clear
Sometimes it’s better for the well-being of seniors with chronic health care needs and their families to live at home instead of a nursing home. The family can live together longer and the older adult is often happier around familiar surroundings and loved ones.
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) provides long-term health care and supportive services to certain people on Medicare and Medicaid. While PACE helps people certified to need nursing home care, only about 7% of them actually live in a nursing home.1 Many PACE beneficiaries receive in-home health care and supportive services while living in their own home or the home of a loved one.
PACE is for certain adults ages 55 or older who are:
- Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries,
- certified by their state to need nursing home care,
- able to live safely in the community at the time of enrollment, and
- live in a PACE service area.
PACE services include:
- Adult day care that offers nursing, meals and nutritional counseling
- Physical, occupational and recreational therapies
- Medical care provided by a physician familiar with PACE
- Home health care and personal care
- Prescription drugs
- Social services
- Medical specialties, such as audiology, dentistry, optometry, podiatry and speech therapy
- Respite care
- Hospital and nursing home care when necessary
Find out if you qualify for PACE by contacting your state Medicaid office. You can also call the Medicare helpline: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.
Find a PACE program in your community: National Pace Association
Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE): Medicare Made Clear
Medicare & You: Get the official U.S. government Medicare handbook.
1 What Is PACE?, National Pace Association, August 31, 2015