PACE Program Expands as North Carolina Nursing Home Alternative

Somewhere between in-home care and on-site skilled nursing care, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or “PACE” is gaining interest from senior participants in North Carolina, a Times-News article writes.

The national program offers transportation and daytime services to people who are ages 55 and older and are in need of care services that can be administered through one of PACE’s many centers.

A pilot of the program in Burlington, North Carolina, launched in 2007 as the second in the state has garnered interest from neighboring areas including Greensboro, Fayetteville and Newton with three other PACE centers expected to open this year.

Some are seeing it as an alternative to costly skilled nursing care, the article states.

“I look at the PACE program as an alternative to nursing home placement for many people,” Joseph Breen, with the N.C. Division of Medical Assistance, told the Times-News. “There are a large number of people in nursing homes that would be able to stay at home with this type of program and who wish to stay at home.”

Most of the participants at Burlington’s PACE center spend two or three days a week there, with an average of 65 people daily who receive services on site, according to the article.

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Written by Elizabeth Ecker