Elderhaus PACE Keeps Seniors Living Safely and Independently in the Community

by Sep 5, 2018The Blog, Wilmington

What if there was an option for seniors to continue living in their homes while receiving the care they need to thrive?

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The Elderhaus PACE program provides that option and much more.

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (“PACE”) is a community and home-based care model that meets the medical and personal needs of seniors, allowing them to live safely and independently within the community without compromising quality care.

The program is celebrating its tenth year. In 2008 Elderhaus became the first provider in North Carolina to adopt the Medicare-covered, nationwide PACE model and is the only non-residential day center in Wilmington.

The Elderhaus PACE interdisciplinary team of health professionals frequently monitor each participant’s needs to provide individualized care. Families in PACE can have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are afforded supervision and consistent care to create a full quality of life.

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At the day center, participants can come up to five days a week for breakfast and lunch, activities, exercise programs, social services, therapy, and other resources. Transportation is provided to and from the center and to any medical appointments that participants may need during the day. Also, PACE covers all medically necessary prescriptions and medical equipment as well as in- and out-patient services.

When not at the day center, participants with additional needs are eligible for home care that can include skilled nursing, personal care, meal preparation, chores, and light housekeeping. A 24-hour on-call service ensures continual care.

Focusing on preventative care, the PACE team collaborates with participants and families to create a person-centered care plan based on their specific needs and wants. The extensive enrollment process assesses the participant’s safety in their home and allows for multiple visits to the day center to tour the facility and meet the care team.

Reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid, PACE is not a fee-for-service program. If at any time a participant needs additional services due to a sudden injury or progression in illness, PACE absorbs those costs and participants will never be asked to pay more just because they come to need more.

To be eligible for PACE services a person must:

  • Be at least 55 years old
  • Live within the PACE service area which covers all of New Hanover County and portions of Brunswick and Pender Counties
  • Be able to live safely in the community with the help of PACE
  • Meet skilled level of care determined by the state, which means has some medical issues they need help managing

Elderhaus PACE is committed to being the long-term care provider for each of their families, making their health and well being the highest priority.

To learn more or to enroll, call Elderhaus PACE at 910-343-8209, or visit elderhaus.com/pace-program. The PACE day center is located at 2222 S. 17th St. in Wilmington.

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