In a 2018 blog post, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) describes PACE as “safe alternative to nursing homes.” While posted in 2018, this post is more relevant than ever in light of the COVID-19 crisis. More than 1.8 million seniors over the age of 65 in the United States live in supportive care facilities, […]
Massachusetts PACE organizations take very seriously their commitment to maintaining the safety and security of all of the older adults, their families, and caregivers, as well as their staff, vendors, partners, and communities. Please follow the tabs below for links to resources with more information about some of the directives and resources PACE organizations are […]
JAMES WOODBERRY, wheelchair bound and severely depressed, struggled to find hope. Overwhelmed by his condition and a complex healthsystem, the 80-year-old Boston resident and his family faced a grim future. It was only after several failed attempts that he came across a program equipped to handle his needs — the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE.
Join us for a networking and learning experience as we celebrate the unique aspect of integrated care demonstrated by the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). There are eight PACE plan providers across Massachusetts serving 5,000 consumers in the community. The MassPACE Association was formed in 2017 for the purposes of providing leadership […]
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a federally funded health care plan that offers a variety of services, with many of them provided onsite at a PACE center. In this article, we’ll review the facts about PACE, including the value to the individual, the community and to the delivery system.
The Massachusetts PACE program includes eight PACE programs serving over 5,000 enrollees. Over 70 percent of current PACE enrollees have been in the PACE program for more than 2 years, evidence of the high satisfaction among PACE enrollees with their PACE program choice. The average age of a PACE enrollee is 77 years old, while 70 percent of enrollees are women.
The PACE program is responsible for over 5,000 older adults who all meet the state’s nursing home eligibility standards; however, only 13 percent of the enrolled population lives in a nursing facility. PACE supports their right to live in the community.
End-of-life planning is a critical part of the services that persons nearing the end of life need, and is end of life care. PACE programs respond to this need with their expertise, staff and systems in place to support families to undertake this very personal process in a way that empowers enrollees and helps to ensure they are cared for according to their wishes and treated with respect and dignity at the end of their lives. The PACE programs are set up to support access to high-quality end-of-life planning. Their small size, their attention to quality, and their fully integrated model of care remove barriers that prevent many seniors from receiving appropriate end-of-life planning.
PACE is centered on the core belief that given a choice, most elders, the disabled, and their families would choose to receive care in their homes and communities rather than in a nursing home.
In an effort to serve as an accessible option for the elderly and disabled people 55 and over in Massachusetts, there are only four criteria to be eligible for PACE.
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