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September Proclaimed PACE Month in North Carolina; Celebrations Recognize Caregivers

Highlighting the Role of Caregivers in North Carolina’s Communities

CARY, NC (Sept. 5, 2018). Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed September to be PACE Month in North Carolina. This is the third year that PACE has been so recognized. The North Carolina PACE Association and its 11-member Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are celebrating this trend-setting event throughout the month. PACE provides comprehensive, person-centered medical care and support services to nursing home-eligible seniors so they can continue living at home.

“PACE is a unique model of care that looks at the whole person and how best to support that person to have better health, quality of life and satisfaction. PACE works hand in hand with the individuals’ caregivers, decreasing caregiver burnout and allowing them respite while having peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the care they need,” said Linda Shaw, Executive Director of North Carolina PACE Association.

This year’s PACE Month theme “Supporting Caregivers, Supporting You” was chosen to highlight the important role caregivers play in the PACE model as well as the support PACE provides caregivers. PACE interdisciplinary teams partner with caregivers and their loved ones to provide direct health care and supportive services to PACE participants, both in the home and at PACE centers.

A new survey of PACE caregivers in North Carolina found that 97 percent are satisfied with the services that PACE provides, and 98 percent of them would consider recommending PACE to a friend. Nearly half (49 percent) who reported a moderate to high burden of caregiving prior to PACE said their burden had decreased with the support of PACE.

The PACE model of care is centered around an interdisciplinary team that delivers care across various settings. As a result, PACE can tailor care plans for enrollees and their families, providing respite care and caregiver training and support. An individual’s plan takes into consideration their unique medical, dietary, behavioral, and other social determinants of health. Transportation, medication, physical therapy, socialization and all medically necessary services are provided at no additional cost. Every senior enrolled in PACE meets the requirements for nursing home care, yet 95% of PACE enrollees live in the community.

The caregiver survey was conducted by Vital Research on behalf of the National PACE Association. Nearly 400 family caregivers were surveyed in North Carolina.

North Carolina's first PACE program opened in 2008. Today, there are 11 programs with 12 centers serving over 2,100 participants. Since inception, PACE in North Carolina has served over 3,800 participants, along with their family members and other caregivers.

North Carolina PACE programs are celebrating PACE Month with a variety of events and activities throughout September. A calendar of events is available here.

View Governor Cooper’s proclamation here.

North Carolina PACE Association serves as the credible voice and leader to advance PACE (Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly), thereby transforming healthcare in North Carolina. Our mission is to support the development, expansion, success and quality of PACE programs across the state, so that every person who is eligible for PACE will have access to this service. For more information, visit ncpace.org.