PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)



PACE, an alternative to traditional nursing home care, is an optional benefit under both Medicare and Medicaid that focuses entirely on older people, who are frail enough to meet their State's standards for nursing home care. It features comprehensive medical and social services that can be provided at an adult day health center, home, and/or inpatient facilities. For most patients, the comprehensive service package permits them to continue living at home while receiving services, rather than be institutionalized. A team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals assess participant needs, develop care plans, and deliver all services which are integrated into a complete health care plan. PACE is available only in States which have chosen to offer PACE under Medicaid.

Key Partners: 

Harbor Health Elder Service Plan 1135 Morton Street Mattapan, MA 02126 Tel: (617) 533-2400 Upham's Elder Service Plan (UESP) / PACE Dudley Square 36 Dearborn Street MA 02119 Tel: (617) 288-0970 Savin Hill 1140 Dorchester Ave. MA 02125 Tel: (617) 288-0970

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Eligible individuals who wish to participate must voluntarily enroll. PACE enrollees also must: Be at least 55 years of age. Live in the PACE service area. In Dorchester/Roxbury: Upham's Corner Health Center runs the Upham's Elder Service Plan (UESP/PACE) in Dudley Square & Savin Hill. Harbor Health also runs an Elder Service Plan in Lower Mills. Be screened by a team of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals as meeting that state's nursing facility level of care. At the time of enrollment, be able to safely live in a community setting.

Key Programs Offered: 

Delivering all needed medical and supportive services, the program is able to provide the entire continuum of care and services to seniors with chronic care needs while maintaining their independence in their homes for as long as possible. Care and services include: Adult day care that offers nursing; physical, occupational and recreational therapies; meals; nutritional counseling; social work and personal care Medical care provided by a PACE physician familiar with the history, needs and preferences of each participant Home health care and personal care All necessary prescription drugs Social services Medical specialists such as audiology, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and speech therapy Respite care Hospital and nursing home care when necessary