PACE Medical Care Is Wraparound Care
Older adults receiving care from ElderPlace PACE benefit because their care is holistic, incorporating the whole of a person: physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual. It also considers their environmental needs and delivers care where they need it most.
- Comprehensive care: All care and services covered by Medicare and Medicaid are provided and covered in full when authorized by a member’s health care team. This includes preventive care like primary medical care, dental, vision, and foot care; specialty care; medications; equipment; and medical services. There are no co-pays or deductibles, and all members are covered 24/7/365 with PACE.
- An interdisciplinary care team: Each PACE member has a multidisciplinary care team of medical specialists working together to approach their care from all different angles. The specialists on the team include a primary care provider, registered nurse, social worker, pharmacist, rehabilitation therapists, life enrichment coordinator, and more, all with special knowledge in caring for older adults.
- Care is coordinated: PACE coordinated care means PACE members have a care team responsible for reviewing and updating their care plans, managing medical appointments and medications, and ordering and arranging the delivery of necessary medical equipment and supplies to their home.
- Transportation is included: PACE transportation is so essential ElderPlace PACE has its own fleet of buses. Transportation to and from all medical appointments is part of the PACE coordinated care. PACE drivers are part of the member's care team. With special training to observe cues and changes, drivers become a key connection between the PACE member’s home environment and their care team.
Care at Home for Older Adults
With the support of PACE in-home care, many members continue to live safely in their own home, or with a loved one. PACE helps fill in the gaps in care by providing in-home care services, such as:
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders
- Personal care, such as bathing, grooming, and dressing
The PACE Home Care Coordinator works closely with contracted in-home agencies. Trained, professional caregivers provide support and ensure quality care to members.
Along with in-home support, ElderPlace PACE members also have regular access to the health and social centers for medical care and social and therapeutic activities. Transportation to and from the health and social centers, all medical appointments and ElderPlace coordinated events are provided. The ElderPlace team also helps members transition to other levels of care, should the need arise.
Leisure Engagement and Social Connection
An essential feature of PACE is the focus on leisure engagement and social connection. Research shows that engaging in recreation and leisure activities and having social contacts can positively impact an older adult’s well-being in a holistic way.
At ElderPlace PACE, each member has a Life Enrichment Coordinator (LEC) or Recreation Therapist (RT) as part of their interdisciplinary team (IDT). LEC/RTs work to assess leisure needs and develop therapeutic activities based on a member’s strengths and interests and connect members with social and leisure resources. They aim to support each individual’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and/or spiritual lives by increasing access to meaningful and interesting activities.
For more information call us at 503-215-6556.