More initiatives to provide care and support for Ohio seniors are in the works as the Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) could expand to Toledo, according to a report on 13ABC. On 15th August, elected leaders held a meeting to discuss the program and think of how to expand it to Toledo. Also known as a nursing home without walls, PACE helps keep the elderly out of nursing homes for longer. The program enables seniors to stay at a PACE center during the day and are taken back to their homes at night. PACE allows the elderly to continue living in their homes while receiving care similar to what nursing homes offer.

According to Patrick Schwartz of LeadingAge Ohio, the program for all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) provides all the healthcare services seniors need. This includes long-term care, social services, pharmaceuticals, and hot meals. Ann Conn, person in-charge of PACE program in the Cleveland area says, “The elderly love high quality care and still have the privilege to sleep in their beds at home.” Conn adds that the time for expanding PACE in the Toledo area is now since it has proven to be highly successful in other areas across the country. If you’re like many caregivers, you’re probably wondering what aspects make PACE better than other types of senior community and facilities. Keep reading to learn several benefits of the program for all-inclusive care for the elderly offers.

Reduces the Burden of Caregiving

The most notable advantage that PACE offers is taking the burden of care from the shoulders of caregivers who lead a busy lifestyle. Many people have elderly loved ones and want to provide the best care available, but they still spend long hours at work. So unless caregivers leverage an elderly care program like PACE that cares for and provides quality medical and social services for seniors, it’s challenging for them to provide their senior relatives with the best care. Furthermore, PACE doesn’t subject seniors to stay in nursing homes. This means the elderly can age in their homes, thus enjoy the companionship of their loved ones every day.

Convenient Transport to PACE Centers

Transportation is a major concern for both caregivers and the elderly. According to AARP, 40% of the elderly and those living with a disability depend on family and friends for transport. Moreover, approximately three quarters of caregivers admit arranging or providing transport for their senior loved ones as one of the primary responsibilities.

Providing transport to the elderly isn’t a straightforward task. After all, caregivers can’t leave work every time an older relative needs to see a doctor. To help overcome transport challenges seniors face, PACE provides convenient transportation for the elderly. Note that transport offered through the program for all-inclusive care for the elderly isn’t only between the home and adult day care center, but also to doctor’s appointments and other social activities.

Long-term Care Services

Many seniors desire to live independently and safely, while receiving high-quality health care and social services. And that’s where PACE comes in, as it provides various services designed to meet the unique health and personal needs of an individual. You can describe PACE as an adult day care center because seniors are picked up from their homes to the care facility, then transported back to their homes in the evening. During their stay at the facility, care providers offer different long-term care services that revolve around daily activities, such as eating, bathing, dressing, and exercising.

Other services offered in adult day care centers include emergency services, nutrition, dentistry, X-ray and laboratory services, and recreational therapy. Providing long-term care services while allowing seniors to go back to their homes gives the elderly a sense of security as adult day care facilities guarantee a safe environment. Many senior care facilities prioritize the health and safety of the elderly by maintaining high levels of hygiene, including hand hygiene and cough etiquette.  Routine cleaning in senior care facilities is also vital to ensure living spaces are free of bacteria and viruses. As part of routine cleaning, elderly care facilities sanitize hard surfaces, high touch areas like doorknobs and light switches, and deep clean each room using the right cleaning detergents.

Home Care

In an adult day care center, seniors enjoy social and recreation activities that make life enjoyable. Time away from home reduces isolation and gives caregivers time to work without stress. However, there are days the elderly can’t go to an adult day care facility. During such days, an aide visits the senior’s home to provide personal care services like grooming, dressing, and bathing. Sometimes, seniors enrolled in PACE qualify for home modifications that enhance safety for seniors, such as ramps, stair lift, smart home technologies, improved lighting system, and grab bars. Meal deliveries are also available for those who can’t visit senior care facilities in person. The program for all-inclusive care for the elderly or PACE allows older individuals to enjoy a sense of independence in their homes for longer without moving to nursing homes. This innovative program provides a variety of healthcare and social services, including emergency care, personal care, recreational therapy, dental care, and nutrition, to ensure that the elderly can age in place. Other benefits of PACE include convenient transportation, home care services, and reduces the burden of care close family members experience.