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Age in Place at PACE

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PACE Place, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, is recognized for its unique model of integrated healthcare, social support and wellness services designed for folks 55 and older who need more help.

Aimed at empowering seniors to age gracefully while preserving their independence, the program focuses on those who require nursing-home-level care but would rather skip the nursing home and receive that assistance at home or in the community. 

The program’s person-centered approach customizes care plans to address the varied needs and preferences of each participant, covering various aspects of their wellbeing, including medical, social, emotional and functional dimensions. The Jacksonville location recently announced it’s made room for 100 additional participants. “Our goal is to provide high-touch and preventative care. We provide at-home caregivers to assist people with daily living, appointment escorts, respite care and so much more,” said Amy Bretz, Executive Director.

Here’s how it works: An interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals collaborate to provide comprehensive care, complemented by transportation services to and from the program and medically necessary appointments. But they offer plenty of fun stuff, too. PACE Place goes beyond conventional healthcare by organizing a range of recreational activities, such as movie nights, games, gardening, storytelling, day trips and karaoke nights, just to name a few.

Amy loves that the program supports the caregiver because she feels caregiver needs are so underrated. She said, “We help caregivers by allowing their loved ones to thrive in this kind of setting. We can even help by getting their family member out of bed and dressed for the day while the caregiver gets ready to go to their full-time job. People know they’ve been a burden to their families and we offer them a quality of life.”

PACE Place is located at 5450 Ramona Blvd. To learn more about PACE Place and its qualifications, call (904) 428-0400 or visit www.thepaceplace.org

Photo Credit: Kampus Production

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