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If you or someone you know is caring for an elderly person (55 or older) at home, please suggest that they check whether there is a PACE Program in their area. My sister is nearing her first anniversary as a PACE participant. It has been a lifesaver for both of us.
PACE is accepted by Medicare and Medicaid as a community alternative for nursing home care. You can also private pay, if the person does not yet qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. The website for the National PACE Association is:
There are descriptions and articles about PACE, and ways to see if there is one near you. There are around 60 across the country, I think.
We actually moved to a neighboring town, so my sister would be in their service area and could enroll. (There were other reasons for moving as well.) It has made my life so much easier.
This is a link copied from the National PACE Association website, to a blog about a visiting a PACE program:
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