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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a PACE program?

PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) delivers all needed medical and supportive services. The program provides the entire spectrum of care and services to older adults with chronic care needs while maintaining their independence in their homes for as long as possible.

Where did PACE come from?

The PACE model of care can be traced to the early 1970s. The Chinatown-North Beach community of San Francisco saw the pressing needs of families whose elders had immigrated from Italy, China and the Philippines for long-term care services. On Lok Senior Health Services, a nonprofit corporation, was the first to create a community-based system of care in San Francisco.

How many PACE programs are there?

There are more than 96 PACE providers like Senior CommUnity Care today nationwide. We are Western Colorado’s first PACE provider.

Who qualifies for PACE?

PACE serves people who are age 55 or older. They must be certified by their state to meet the need for nursing home level of  care. They must also be able to live safely in the community at the time of enrollment and live in a PACE service area.

How do I join Senior CommUnity Care?

Please inquire with one of our PACE Enrollment Specialists: In Eckert, CO area, contact Jaime Fisher at 970-417-1194 or jfisher@voa.org; In Montrose, CO area, contact Jamie Hughes at 970-252-0522 or jahughes@voa.org.

Are people who do not qualify for Medicaid eligible for PACE enrollment?

Yes. If a person meets the income and assets limits to qualify for Medicaid, the program pays for a portion of the monthly PACE premium. Medicare pays for the rest. If a person does not qualify for Medicaid, he or she is responsible for the portion of the monthly premium Medicaid would pay. PACE staff can help determine a person’s Medicaid eligibility. For more information on Medicaid eligibility, visit the Medicaid.gov website.

Is transportation provided to the PACE Day Center?

Yes. We provide transportation to and from the PACE Day Centers. Not only is transportation provided between the participant’s home and the Center, but also to important medical appointments and other activities.

Do PACE participants attend the PACE Day Center every day?

No. The average participant attends the Center about three days a week.

What services are provided as part of this program?

We offer caregivers who respond to individualized care needs, the ability to continue living in the community, health care services, cost savings and much more. For a complete list of services that SCC provides, please visit our Services section.

Are prescription drugs covered?

Yes. All prescription and over-the-counter drugs deemed medically necessary by the PACE care team are covered by Senior CommUnity Care.

Who will my doctor be?

Senior CommUnity Care currently contracts with physicians in the Delta and Montrose area to provide medical care. This primary care physician works with the team to coordinate all services a participant receives.

How does Senior CommUnity Care support family caregivers?

We support family members and other caregivers with training, support groups, respite care, and end of life services.

When do participant services begin?

Services begin depending upon what day of the month you are enrolled. Please consult with your enrollment specialist for complete details.

What happens if a person wants to leave the Senior CommUnity Care program?

A participant is free to dis-enroll from our program and resume their benefits in the traditional Medicare and Medicaid programs at any time.

I would like to volunteer. How can I help?

There are many ways you can volunteer at the PACE Day Centers. Contact us at 970-252-0522 in Montrose County and 970-835-8500 in Delta County for details.

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