October 4, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, VA – As part of its PACE 2.0 initiative, the National PACE Association (NPA) today released the seventh video in the series “Before I Found PACE,” which highlights the success of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) to empower individuals to live safely in their community. 

The latest video in the series tells the story of Bernadette Jenson, who was homeless for years before enrolling in St. Paul’s PACE in San Diego. St. Paul’s PACE is part of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), a coalition of organizations that address homelessness in the city. Jenson receives health care and other services from the PACE program, which partnered with Father Joe’s Villages to provide her with housing. 

As the older population grows, the problem of homelessness among aging Americans will grow as well, unless new ways are developed to address it.

“The stories in these videos are a reminder of the underserved people who would benefit from PACE, demonstrating the need for growth to meet their needs as quickly as possible,” said Peter Fitzgerald, executive vice president of Public Policy and Strategy at NPA and principal investigator of PACE 2.0.

“While it is best known for serving older individuals at risk of needing nursing home care, PACE also can serve people with multiple chronic conditions at risk of institutional care,” he said. “The ability of PACE to provide whatever care and services are needed enables the program to serve many types of Individuals, even as their needs change over time.”  

NPA launched PACE 2.0 to increase the number of people served by PACE from approximately 45,000 today to as many as 200,000 by 2028. The initiative is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and West Health to develop and promote innovations in the PACE model of care that allow it to serve more people, expand to new communities, and assist new populations. 

PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid program that helps people meet their health care needs in the home, community and PACE centers instead of going to a nursing home or other care facility. The video testimonials in the “Before I Found PACE” series allow the public to understand how the program positively affects individual lives and provides a personal perspective that goes beyond outcomes data or descriptions of how the model works.  

The PACE model of care uses an interdisciplinary team approach to provide care to individuals, age 55 and over, who qualify for nursing home care. PACE is a Medicare benefit nationally and a Medicaid benefit in 31 states. It is the most successful model for keeping individuals out of nursing homes and in the community, where they enjoy a higher quality of life, remain connected to the community, and receive care in the most cost-effective way. PACE reduces the costs associated with emergency room visits, unnecessary hospital admissions and long-term nursing home placements. More than 95 percent of PACE enrollees live in the community.1 

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The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. A leader in the field of aging and health, the foundation has three areas of emphasis: creating age-friendly health systems, supporting family caregivers, and improving serious illness and end-of-life care. For more information, visit johnahartford.org and follow @johnahartford.

Solely funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West, West Health is a family of nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations including the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and Gary and Mary West Foundation in San Diego, and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center in Washington, DC. West Health is dedicated to lowering health care costs and enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life, and independence. For more information, visit westhealth.org and follow @westhealth.

The National PACE Association works to advance the efforts of PACE programs, which coordinate and provide preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services so older individuals can continue living in the community. The PACE model of care is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible. For more information, visit www.NPAonline.org and follow @TweetNPA.

Contact: Robert Greenwood at RobertG@npaonline.org or 703-535-1522
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