‘Delivering Independence’ is the theme, celebrating the success of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly in helping seniors remain in their community.
National PACE Month will be celebrated for the first time this September. The observance recognizes the work of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), which coordinate and provide all needed preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services so older adults can continue living at home in their community.
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. The fully integrated, provider-based model of care revolves around an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, dietitians, drivers and others who provide direct care and services to meet the individual needs of program participants.
The theme of the first National PACE Month is “Delivering Independence,” celebrating the role of PACE drivers in promoting independence for seniors.
“Only in a fully integrated model of care like PACE could transportation play such an important role in keeping seniors with long-term needs living safely in the community,” said Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of the National PACE Association (NPA). “PACE drivers don’t just offer curb-to-curb transportation. They enter the enrollee’s home to help them to the van and are trained to look for changes in the home environment or in the level of assistance an enrollee needs. By identifying changes quickly, the PACE program can plan treatments and interventions immediately before larger issues surface.”
Rocky Mountain PACE, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (RMHCS), serves seniors in El Paso County. Rocky Mountain PACE has served the community for 9 years, helping seniors to live in the community for as long as possible.
“Rocky Mountain Health Care Services became committed to developing a PACE program once we learned that it created the best opportunity for our staff to deliver the highest quality of life to the seniors we serve,” said Nigel Guyot, Director of Business Development.
Nationally, there are 239 PACE centers serving more than 40,000 PACE enrollees in 31 states.
“Every senior enrolled in PACE meets the requirements for nursing home care, yet 95 percent of PACE enrollees live in the community,” said Bloom. “PACE is an innovative model that continues to adapt and change as public policy, technology, and even the seniors who we serve change. PACE is successful because it is based on building relationships between enrollees and the members of the PACE interdisciplinary team.”
The mission at Rocky Mountain Health Care Services is to improve lives, optimize wellness, and promote independence. RMHCS works diligently to keep individuals as highly independent as possible. The nonprofit organization delivers exceptional care to enrich the lives of their participants and empower them to live vibrant, independent lives. RMHCS works towards this goal through programs designed to meet the specific needs of individuals living in El Paso and Teller Counties. The programs have served the Colorado Springs community since 1976.
The National PACE Association works to advance the efforts of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). Congress recently passed bipartisan legislation to adapt the PACE model to serve other high-cost, high-need individuals who could benefit from highly coordinated personalized care. Policy-makers see a key role for PACE in serving younger individuals with physical or mental disabilities or those with multiple chronic conditions. For more information, visit the NPA website.