National PACE month

Contact: Robert Greenwood, 703-455-2969, RobertG@npaonline.org

Delivering Independence’ Is Theme of National PACE Month in September

Celebrating the Role of PACE Drivers in Connecting Enrollees with Their Communities

Alexandria, VA (Sept. 5, 2017) – The National PACE Association joins with Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) across the country to celebrate National PACE Month in September. PACE programs provide clinical and support services to nursing home-eligible seniors so they can continue to live in the community for as long as possible.

“PACE is such an innovative program, we hope the recognition through National PACE Month will make more people aware of PACE and the benefits the PACE model of care provides to seniors, their caregivers and communities,” said Shawn Bloom, CEO and president of NPA.

The theme of National PACE Month is “Delivering Independence,” highlighting the important role that transportation plays in the PACE model. Drivers are members of the PACE interdisciplinary teams that provide or arrange for direct health care and supportive services for PACE enrollees, both in the home and at PACE centers that enrollees attend several days a week.

“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 Bloom. “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.”

Nationally, 239 PACE centers serve 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 we serve change. PACE is successful because it is based on building relationships between enrollees and the members of the PACE interdisciplinary team.”

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.

 

2017 Governor Cooper's Proclamation for September to be PACE month

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Linda Shaw, Executive Director, linda.shaw@ncpace.org, W: 919-234-1707, C: 919-632-9306

Governor Roy Cooper Proclaims Septemberas PACE Month in North Carolina

PACE provides the services and supports to allow seniors to remain living at home

CARY, NC (September 8, 2017). Most seniors prefer to age in place, remaining in their current homes and communities. Family members want that for their loved ones as well, but often struggle to ensure the care and resources necessary for their safety and well-being. 

As Governor Roy Cooper related Wednesday to members of the NC PACE (Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Association, he was fortunate to have those resources as he and his brother cared for their parents, but he wondered how other families might cope. He recognized PACE for providing those services that help seniors remain in their home as long as possible, by proclaiming September as PACE MONTH in North Carolina.

PACE is a comprehensive, person-centered fully-integrated model of care delivered and coordinated by an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals, social workers and direct care staff. Each participant has an individual plan of care that 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. 

“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. It also works hand in hand with their caregivers, decreasing burnout and allowing them to continue working while having the peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the care that they need,” said Linda Shaw, Executive Director of NC PACE Association.

North Carolina's first PACE program opened in 2008. Today, there are 11 programs with 12 centers serving over 2,000 participants. Since inception, PACE in North Carolina has served approximately 3,650 participants, along with their family members and other caregivers. 

Nationally there are 239 PACE centers serving over 40,000 PACE enrollees in 31 states. Every senior enrolled in PACE meets the requirements for nursing home care, yet 95% of PACE enrollees live in the community.

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 www.ncpace.org.

Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

2401 Weston Parkway #103B Ÿ Cary, NC 27513 Ÿ Tel:  919.234.1707 Ÿ Fax:  919.234.1724 Ÿ www.ncpace.org

 

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