Older Kentuckians have a new option for meeting their care needs at home. The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) is beginning coverage for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
How PACE Works
PACE provides comprehensive services to individuals age 55 and older who need nursing facility level of care but prefer to continue living at home. Enrollees receive services through a
PACE organization which works to meet all preventive care, acute care, long-term care and social needs. Services may include:
- Primary care
- Social services
- Physical, occupational and other therapies
- Personal care and supportive services
- Nutritional counseling
- Recreational therapy
Services may be delivered at the PACE organization center, other health care facilities or in the individual's home. Services are paid for by Medicare and/or Medicaid or private pay. If an individual needs a service the PACE organization does not offer, PACE will contract with other providers who can meet the need.
PACE enables frail, older adults to live in their homes and in the community as long as medically and socially feasible. PACE also:
- Simplifies the process of meeting older adults' care needs.
- Enhances quality of life and autonomy.
- Maximizes dignity of and respect for older adults.
- Preserves and supports older adults' family units and support systems.
To qualify for PACE, individuals must:
- Be age 55 or older
- Meet nursing facility level of care as defined in
907 KAR 1:022.
- Be able to live safely in the community at the time of enrollment.
- Live in an area covered by a PACE organization.
PACE Coverage in Kentucky
list of enrolled PACE organizations to see where PACE currently is available in Kentucky. If you do not live in an area covered by a PACE organization, keep checking back. Kentucky is working to enroll more providers and expand PACE coverage across the state.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying,
contact the PACE organization that serves your area. It is helpful to have the following information ready at the time of application:
- Date of birth
- Social Security card
- Diagnosis and other medical information
- Signed documentation such as a user agreement and assessment document
Contact the PACE organization in your area
or DMS. DMS can be reached by phone toll free at (844) 784-5614 or by