Reid Health’s PACE center accepting participant applications
Reid Health's new Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) at 2300 National Road West in Richmond is accepting applications for enrollment into the program and will be in full operation as of Nov. 1.
Reid Health purchased the former
County Market building in Kings Plaza last year and transformed it into a PACE center,
which will be the first program of its kind in the region. PACE is a
coordinated care option for individuals who otherwise might require going to a
nursing home or other care facility, said Billie Kester, Reid Health Vice
President. The center will offer services that include primary care,
rehabilitation, adult day services, recreational activities, social
support and transportation.
"PACE centers meet specific needs
in care designed to help those who qualify maintain their best health and continue
living in their home," Kester said. PACE is an alternative to nursing home care
for those who can remain safe at home with additional support.
Jason Woods, Community Liaison for
PACE, has been sharing information with numerous organizations and programs
this year. He said the goal is to build partnerships with agencies, not compete
Though the center was not able to
hold an open house as planned in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff
is able to safely offer tours to families who are interested in PACE for care.
According to the National PACE Association, the PACE care model is centered on the belief that it is
better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families
to be served in the community when possible. The Association says the PACE
model of care dates back to the early 1970s when the North Beach community of
San Francisco saw pressing needs for long-term care services by families who
had immigrated from Italy, China and the Philippines. The result was the
formation of a nonprofit corporation called On Lok Senior Health Services to
provide a community-based system of care. "On Lok" is Cantonese for "peaceful,
The PACE model was established as
a permanently recognized provider type by Medicare and Medicaid in 1997; and as
of 2017, there were 122 programs established in 31 states. The National PACE
Association hopes to grow PACE to serve 100,000 participants by 2021 and
200,000 by 2028.
To qualify for PACE, the
- Be 55 or older
- Live within a zip code of a county in the specified service area which will include Wayne, Fayette, Union, Henry, Randolph, and Franklin Counties
- Meet nursing home level-of-care
- Be able to live safely in the community with help from PACE
services may include:
- Adult day center that includes nursing; physical, occupational and recreational therapies; meals, nutritional counseling; social work and personal care
- Medical care by a PACE provider who knows the participant's history, needs and preferences
- Medical specialties such as audiology, dentistry, optometry, podiatry and speech therapy
- Respite care
For information or to schedule a tour, contact: Jason Woods, Reid Health PACE Center Community Liaison, at (765) 935-8959.