| Thu, Dec 31, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

PACE Helps Many Seniors Live at Home Longer

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

long term careSometimes 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.

Resources:

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

 

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