The PACE program gives elders all of the services included under Medicare and Medicaid, including adult day care, dentistry, home care, occupational therapy and prescription drugs. PACE also covers lab and X-ray services, meals, physical therapy and hospital care. Elders also receive nursing home care, emergency services and nutritional counseling.
PACE stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. To qualify for PACE, applicants must be at least 55 years old and in the service area of a PACE organization. Applicants must be able to receive in-home care and live safely in their communities. Once in the program, members are free to leave it at any time.
Members of the program receive their care either in their own homes or at a PACE center. PACE centers have ties with many medical specialists within their communities, although most members get the care they need from the PACE staff. Patients interested in joining PACE must contact a local Medicare office for more information.
Those with Medicaid don't pay a monthly premium for long-term care with the PACE program. Those with only Medicare must pay a monthly premium for long-term care with PACE and a monthly premium for Medicare Part D prescriptions. People without Medicare or Medicaid have to pay for PACE on their own.