Living at home is possible as you grow older. Even if you or your loved one have medical issues, there are long-term care options to keep you in the home you love. Sound too good to be true? You should know that aging in place isn’t a dream – you can make it a reality.

PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) gives you the ability to live in your home and community even as your health declines. The model of care PACE provides is designed to keep a nursing home qualified person with multiple health issues safely in their home instead. PACE does this by providing a comprehensive array of medical care and supportive services.

The support you receive at PACE depends entirely on your situation. When you apply, the PACE team conducts an assessment to determine what care you need to continue living at home. The care you will receive at PACE is all-inclusive. In other words, enrolling in PACE means you sign up for a total package of benefits – you cannot select services a la carte. Here is a brief list of help PACE offers:

What medical services does PACE offer?

  • Primary care
  • Prescription drugs
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Rehab therapy

What additional care and services does PACE provide?

  • Personal care – washing, bathing, or dressing
  • Household chores and maintenance
  • Meals – at home and at the PACE center
  • Finances – paying bills, managing money

What other services does PACE have?

  • Getting around safely – transportation services, mobility aids
  • Social activities – adult day care activities at the center
  • Safety – emergency alert systems, housing modifications

Where can I go to find more information?

If you have specific questions about PACE, contact the local PACE program in your area. When you call, ask to speak to an enrollment specialist. He or she will be able to answer your questions and give you direction on common needs that must be met if you want to age in place.