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Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

By Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, Professor, OSAH, Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing

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Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is designed for elderly people who meet criteria for nursing home admission but wish to live at home as long as possible. The program involves an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, dieticians, and drivers. The services are typically provided in an adult day health center and are available every day. The program provides transportation to the center. However, some services may be provided in the home.

PACE is available only in certain areas of the country. It combines funds from Medicare and Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Services web site explains the PACE program and provides an up-to-date list of participating health care practitioners. See the Medicare web site.