May 10, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National PACE Association celebrates the work of nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

Nurses play a critical role as members of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) in Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The PACE IDT is responsible for directly providing and coordinating all needed care and services for PACE enrollees. The IDT approach to care is key in helping PACE enrollees live in the community independently for as long as possible.

The emphasis that nurses place on educating patients and family caregivers plays a critical role in the success of the PACE model of care. At any given time, more than 90 percent of PACE enrollees are living outside of a nursing home.

To support the work of nurses in the PACE model, NPA established the NPA Nursing Consortium, which addresses issues and creates resources unique to nurses working in PACE. NPA is thankful for the work of the consortium, whose members have contributed their time and expertise to advance the work of all PACE nurses.

PACE is an innovative model of care that provides and coordinates all needed care and services to keep enrollees – all of whom qualify for nursing home care – living in the community for as long as possible. Each interdisciplinary team works from a PACE center that provides adult day care services, primary care, physical and occupational therapy, transportation, and opportunities for social interaction.

Currently, there are 122 PACE programs operating 233 PACE centers in 31 states serving over 40,000 participants.

The National PACE Association (NPA) works to advance the efforts of Programs 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. 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, contact Robert Greenwood or visit the NPA website.

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