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ElderPlace Celebrates Older Americans Month

April 26, 2010

"Providence ElderPlace encourages seniors to consider their options during “Older Americans Month”

Advanced Planning is the key to staying in own home as loved ones age

SEATTLE – May is Older Americans Month and a great time to reiterate to your aging loved ones just how important it is to plan for their long-term care needs.

“Too often people find themselves trying to learn about long-term care options in the midst of a crisis when they have to make decisions very quickly,” said Ellen Garcia, executive director of Providence ElderPlace. “Many loved ones have the goal of remaining at home, which is much more likely if families take the time to educate themselves and plan in advance.” Older Americans Month is the perfect opportunity to begin the often difficult discussions about planning for the future with elderly family members and friends.

With the recession impacting state budgets and national health care reform changing the health care landscape, Providence ElderPlace, located in South Seattle, urges families to look more closely at what services are available in their city and how aging loved ones can plan for their long-term care.

Providence ElderPlace is part of PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly). Developed more than 30 years ago, the PACE model of care provides an innovative alternative to nursing homes paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. The common sense approach that the PACE team uses to provide medical care and coordinate support services helps keep people in their homes, close to friends and family. Their hands-on approach and individualized patient attention makes PACE unique from every other long-term care option and successful in helping seniors remain healthy and independent.

A team of caregivers that form a medical home is at the core of PACE to ensure that all aspects of the participant’s medical, social, and therapeutic needs are met. Although considered by many to be a cutting edge care concept, PACE has employed the medical home model since its inception. “The care team is the magic of PACE.  It’s this team of providers, who know their patients so well and interact with them daily, who make it possible for seniors to live at home and age with dignity,” Garcia said. “By coordinating the care needs of each senior, the PACE team provides the helping hands that are so important to the health and well being of aging adults.”

PACE programs have a history of documented results in preserving wellness, supporting healthy outcomes, promoting quality of life, helping reduce the number of hospital visits and avoiding nursing home admissions. By avoiding these costs, PACE programs reduce expensive care interventions and provide families with piece of mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care in the most appropriate setting. 

“Older Americans Month is a great opportunity for Americans to begin talking with their loved ones about where and how they want to receive care when the time comes,” Garcia said.

Cynthia Flash 425-603-9520