The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, also known as PACE, provides a full range of long-term care, health care, and prescription drugs to older people with chronic needs. PACE is a national model that was created in 1973 and there are over 230 PACE centers in 31 states.
Who Can Join PACE?
Wisconsin’s PACE program is available to people who meet certain conditions:
- Live in Milwaukee or Waukesha County
- Age 55 or older
- Eligible for nursing home care
- Able to live safely in the community with assistance
The PACE model is built on helping its members to live in the community for as long as possible.
What Services are Available?
The program combines the services offered through Medicare, including Medicare prescription drugs, Wisconsin Medicaid, and home and community-based long-term care services. Some of the services available are:
- Primary Care (including physician and nursing services)
- Emergency services
- Home health and personal care
- Prescription drugs
- Laboratory and X-ray services
- Hospital and nursing home care
- Occupational, physical, and recreational therapies
- Medical transportation
Services are primarily delivered at a PACE center and supplemented with care in the member’s home or a setting of the member’s choice.
How Does PACE Work?
Members work with a team of health professionals, primarily at their local PACE center, to make all health care decisions. Members are active participants on the PACE care team, which includes:
- A PACE doctor
- A registered nurse
- A care manager
- Home care coordinator
- Physical, occupational, and recreational therapists
- A dietitian
- A PACE center coordinator
- The member’s family and friends
The care team works together to develop a care plan and coordinate services. PACE values the member’s preferences of how, when, and where services are delivered.
How Can Someone Join PACE?
People interested in joining PACE should contact their local aging and disability resource center. Resource center staff can help with the eligibility process and can also provide information about other programs and services that are available.
For more information about PACE, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.