Tuesday, December 21, 2010

PACE program keeps more elderly at home, uses day care

Susan Jaffe has a “Health & Science” story in the Dec. 21 Washington Post, “Caregivers aim to trim costs by helping seniors stay at home; PACE tries to keep frail people out of hospitals and nursing homes”, link here. The acronym PACE refers to “All-Inclusive Care for Elderly”. The article describes how one qualifies (minimum age 55) and how Medicare and Medicaid work in the program. In the example situation given, a driver picks up an elderly person living alone, helps her down the stairs, and takes her to a day care setting and brings her back. The person has to be capable of being left alone at night in some cases.

Elder day care typically has waiting lists and has certain minimal health requirements (like TB tests).

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