To qualify for the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, the applicant must be 55 or older, currently receiving Medicare or Medicaid, and live near a PACE program. The applicant must not be a danger to a PACE community, according to Medicare.gov.
Applicants applying for PACE can call their local Medicaid offices, visit pace4you.org or apply through Medicaid.gov. The PACE program coordinates care for PACE recipients, allowing them to continue living in their communities and avoid nursing homes. PACE helps families of older adults by providing transportation to PACE centers for activities, offering caregiver training and support groups, and using social workers to assist in patient care, states the National PACE Association.
PACE care is not available nationwide. States can choose to offer PACE as a part of Medicaid or opt to not offer it at all, reports Medicaid.gov.
As of 2015, 32 states offer a total of 116 PACE programs, according to the National PACE Association.