Total Life Healthcare, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), hosted a celebration at the TLH site recently as part of National PACE Month.
PACE programs are designed to meet the needs of frail elderly – people who meet requirements for nursing home care – but who can benefit from services that keep them living independently for as long as possible.
Total Life Healthcare is a program sponsored jointly by St. Bernards and the East Arkansas Agency on Aging and was the very first rural PACE program established in the U.S. It coordinates and provides ALL needed preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services and enables participants to continue living in their homes. It serves seniors living within specific zip codes in Northeast Arkansas.
“Total Life Healthcare became committed to developing a PACE program once we learned that it created the best opportunity for our staff to deliver the highest quality of life to the seniors we serve,” said Becky McDaniel-Ewart, director of population health management at St. Bernards.
“It is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs – and for their families – to be served within the community whenever that is possible,” McDaniel-Ewart continued. “Our program is a fully integrated, provider-based model of care which revolves around an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, dietitians, drivers and others who provide direct care and services to meet the individual needs program participants.”
TLC, in its ninth year, serves more than 50 residents, coordinating and providing all Medicare and Medicaid services from preventive care to long-term care when that becomes appropriate.
Nationally, 239 PACE centers serve more than 40,000 enrollees in 31 states.
“Only in a completely integrated model of care like PACE could transportation play such an important role in keeping seniors with long-term needs living safely in the community,” points out Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of the National PACE Association.
“PACE drivers don’t just offer curb-to-curb transportation, they enter the enrollee’s home to help them to the van and are trained to look for changes in the home environment or in the level of assistance an enrollee needs. By identifying changes quickly, the PACE program can plan treatments and interventions immediately before larger issues surface.
“Every senior enrolled in PACE meets the requirements for nursing home care, yet 95 percent of PACE enrollees live in the community,” Bloom stresses. “PACE is an innovative model that continues to adapt and change as public policy, technology and even the seniors we serve change. PACE is successful because it is based on building relationships between enrollees and members of the PACE interdisciplinary team.”
The theme of this year’s observance is “Delivering Independence.”
For more information about the Total Life Healthcare program, call or visit Total Life Healthcare personnel at 870-207-7500, 505 East Matthews Ave., Jonesboro.