PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a Medicare and Medicaid program that helps nursing-home eligible seniors meet their health care needs in their community. PACE organizations provide care and services in the home, the community, and at PACE centers.

 

By applying the PACE Program to a healthier, younger senior population living in a WELShift community, better outcomes, improved access to the middle income households, and lower overall cost of health care services will be realized.

 

While PACE providers are incentivized to keep their participants in their own homes, WELShift communities, by offering both housing and healthcare in a residential setting, specifically a continuing care retirement community, provide the added benefits of 24/7 social support, onsite healthcare, and a free and easy lifestyle without the worries and demands that come with home ownership.

 

The current PACE program’s strengths include its holistic/coordinated care approach, its cost effectiveness and its financial stability. All of these strengths would be increased by removing the income limitation, eliminating the nursing-home eligibility requirement, and incorporating the program into the WELShift community.

 

By combining the capitated payment structure and comprehensive approach of PACE with the housing and community setting of a continuing care retirement community, WELShift communities will be uniquely positioned to redefine and improve how aging services are provided and funded.