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Silver Star is a Program of All Inclusive Care for the
Elderly (PACE). PACE programs coordinate and provide all needed preventive,
primary, acute and long term care services so older individuals
can continue living in the community. PACE is an innovative model that
enables individuals who are 55 years old or older and certified by their
state to need nursing home care to live as independently as possible.
Through PACE, today's fragmented health care financing and delivery
system comes together to serve the unique needs of each individual in
a way that makes sense to the frail elderly, their informal caregivers,
health care providers and policy makers.
PACE Programs Offer High Quality Care and are Proven Cost Effective
PACE utilizes interdisciplinary teams - including
physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, therapists,
van drivers and aides - to exchange information and solve problems
as the conditions and needs of each individual who decides to participate
in PACE change - all with the objective of enabling participants
to live longer in the community.
PACE provides participants regular access to doctors
and other primary care professions who know them and who specialize
in caring for older people.
PACE participants have improved health status and
quality of life, lower mortality rates, increased choice in how
time is spent, and greater confidence in dealing with life's problems.
PACE financing model combines payments from Medicare
and Medicaid or private pay sources into one flat-rate payment to
provide the entire range of health care and services, including
paying for hospital care, in response to individual needs.
PACE utilizes transportation systems to enable participants
to live as independently as possible in the community while having
access to the supportive services, medical specialists, therapies
and other medical care they need.
Characteristics of PACE Participants
The average age of PACE participants is 80 years
old. Seventy-five percent of participants are female.
The average PACE participant has 7.9 medical conditions,
many of which are chronic conditions including diabetes, dementia,
coronary artery disease, and cerebrovascular disease.
93% of PACE participants live alone in the community.
The information above was provided by the National PACE
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