Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly: What is it?

September is National PACE month! But what exactly is PACE? It stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, and it’s a Medicare and Medicaid program that helps frail and elderly persons meet their healthcare needs in the community instead of going to a nursing home.

PACE organizations were founded in the 1970s by On Lok, a non-profit organization located in San Francisco whose name means “peaceful, happy home.” On Lok operates with the goal of providing senior citizens the ability to live at home. Today there are 255 PACE centers across the U.S., serving over 45,000 participants. Prisma Health Senior Care is one of these.

Prisma Health Senior Care was established in a beautiful new building in 2016. Our belief is that the best outcomes happen when seniors are served in their community. Our program offers the entire interdisciplinary team of medical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, social work, nutrition and other services. These professionals work together to provide the best daily care to program participants, giving them the highest quality of life.

In order to enroll in the program, participants are required to be at least 55 years of age. Prisma Health Senior Care currently has 59 participants enrolled into our program. We eagerly welcome new participants in order to further enrich the lives of senior citizens in the Greenville area in the years to come.

One aspect of our program is that we offer day center services to our participants during the week. Our program offers between one and five days of center attendance, depending on a participants needs. At Prisma Health Senior Care, we offer daily activities that promote physical, cognitive, social and emotional stimulation to improve the functioning of our participants. Our team is dedicated in providing the best care to our participants and makes each day matter!

Merritt King, CTRS, is a recreational therapist with Prisma Health Senior Care.

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