The PACE Model of Care 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.
Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) serve individuals who are age 55 or older, 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. While all PACE participants must be certified to need nursing home care to enroll in PACE, only about 7 percent of PACE participants nationally reside in a nursing home. If a PACE enrollee needs nursing home care, the PACE program pays for it and continues to coordinate the enrollee's care.
Delivering needed medical and supportive services, a PACE program provides the entire continuum of care and services to seniors with chronic care needs while maintaining their independence in their home for as long as possible.
Services include the following: adult day care that offers nursing; physical, occupational and recreational therapies; meals; nutritional counseling; social work and personal care; medical care provided by a PACE provider familiar with the history, needs, and preferences of each participant; home health care and personal care;all necessary prescription drugs;social services;medical specialties, such as audiology, dentistry, optometry, podiatry and speech therapy; respite care; and
hospital and nursing home care when necessary.
Carolina SeniorCare located at 802 East Center Street, Lexington, NC serves seniors in Davidson, Rowan, Davie and Iredell counties. Currently enrolling for the fall, Carolina SeniorCare is under the sponsorship of United Church Homes and Services (UCHS), a not-for-profit ministry offering senior housing and services for nearly 50 years, located in Newton, NC.
For additional information on Carolina SeniorCare or the PACE model of care, please contact Jasmin Archible-Harris at 336.746.3512, [email protected] or view our website at www.carolinaseniorcare.org.
Editorial is reprinted with permission from the National PACE Association www.npaonline.org