Geriatrics and Extended Care
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
What is it?
PACE provides both skilled and personal care services to Veterans who have been assessed by VA staff to need these services delivered in a comprehensive care model. These services are largely delivered through a day center model by a team of professionals. The team is made up of a primary care physician, registered nurses, a social worker, health aides, transportation personnel, rehabilitation therapists, dietitians and recreational/activity personnel. VA purchases this care on behalf of the Veteran.
Am I eligible?
Veterans must be enrolled in VA for their health care and be eligible for VA’s Community Care Program.
Services include medical and nursing services, physical, occupation and speech therapy, behavior management therapy, health aide services, dietary services and recreation therapy.
How do I decide?
PACE is not uniformly offered across the country and may not be available where you live. Not all VA medical centers purchase PACE services at this time. The Veteran and family should discuss this option with their VA primary care provider, primary care social worker or case manager.