Licensure Approved for the First PACE, Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, on the First Coast and Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for The PACE Place
Jacksonville, FL (February 18, 2020) – Licensure for the first PACE, Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, has just been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Agency for Health Care Administration for the State of Florida to operate on the First Coast in Jacksonville.
PACE services will be provided by The PACE Place, 5450 Ramona Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, 32205 which will open for business following an official ribbon-cutting ceremony March 25, 2020, at 7:45 a.m.
The ribbon-cutting, and launch of the first-ever PACE program on the First Coast, is a project that has been in the works for over seven years. The goal of PACE is to provide comprehensive all-inclusive medical and social services to individuals 55 and older with chronic health conditions who qualify for nursing home care but choose to remain independent and live in the comfort of their home, in their community.
“We are committed to supporting older adults with chronic care needs, and their families, who want to receive support and services so that they can remain in their community. PACE provides the gold standard of community-based elder care services, and we are thrilled this resource will now be available to residents of North Florida.” said Susan Ponder-Stansel, Chairman, Board of Directors for The PACE Place.
The PACE Place is part of a joint venture of Pace Partners of Northeast Florida, comprised of two of North Florida’s premier community service organizations, Aging True Community Senior Services and Community Hospice & Palliative Care. The opening of The PACE Place will make it the only PACE location in North Florida, and the fifth PACE program provider in the State of Florida. Sister PACE programs include Hope PACE in the Ft. Myer area, Florida PACE in Miami, Morse Life PACE in Palm Beach, and Suncoast PACE in Pinellas. Currently, 131 PACE programs operate 263 PACE centers in 31 states, serving over 51,000 participants.
The PACE Place delivers comprehensive services for older adults who wish to age in place in the community and is based around an adult day center that functions as a primary care clinic, a physical and occupational therapy solution, and provides other supportive and therapeutic services. Services are also provided in the home, with the goal of enabling participants to postpone or avoid institutional care.
To be eligible for services, participants must live in the state-approved service areas and need help managing their goals of care so they can remain at home, in their community. The center will be staffed with primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dieticians, occupational and speech therapists, aides, social workers and volunteers. Transportation will be provided to and from the center, making it easy for both the participant as well as their caregiver.
For more information, to enroll in the program, or to RSVP for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of The PACE Place, please call 904.428.0400 or send an email to Enrollments@ThePacePlace.org.