When I talk to prospective participants and their caregivers about InnovAge’s PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) Adult Day Program there are always a few questions that are always asked.
- More often than not there’s a misconception that PACE is the same as a residential center. People want to know: where does everyone sleep? A PACE center is open during the day time; every evening, participants go back home and return the next day.
- Which leads to the next question: do I have to come every day? With limited exceptions, including those participants who attend via the Veterans Administration, participants only need to come to the center twice a year for assessments. Since PACE centers offer events, socialization, medical and dental care, meals and much more, I recommend attending several times a week to get the most out of the experience.
- Are you sure there aren’t any copays or insurance premiums? There aren’t. This is the answer met with the most disbelief primarily because of the massive scope of the PACE program. New participants and caregivers are floored by all the services are available here. We have medical and dental; rehabilitation; social workers; activities and field trips; free transportation to and from the center and to doctor appointments; meals; medications; and more. It’s a tough concept to grasp that only about 20 percent of participants pay anything for their care, and these participants usually have complex conditions requiring very high levels of care.
The all-inclusive nature of PACE programs really surprises new participants and their caregivers. For PACE centers in your area, visit PACE4You.
Ron DeVries, Center Director, InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE-Chambers Center
This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.