Elderly Caregiving: Adult Care Centers as an Alternative to Nursing Home Placement
Adult care centers can provide an effective alternative to nursing home placement for older adults who want to maintain their independence, yet are struggling to live safely at home due to health issues.
PACE of the Triad is a non-profit Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that provides community-based care and services to individuals who need nursing home level of care, but want to remain at home. Through the coordination of a community partnership between Cone Health, Wellspring Retirement, Advanced Home Care, and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, the local PACE program began enrolling participants in July 2011.
Some of the services provided at PACE of the Triad include adult day health program, medical care (primary and specialty), physical, occupational and speech therapies, dentistry, podiatry and optometry, transportation, home health and personal care, hospital and long-term care, prescription medications, medical equipment and supplies, and nutritious meals.
The PACE Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, and depending on needs, participants come to the center one to five days a week for varying lengths of time.
To be eligible for enrollment into the PACE of the Triad program, an individual must be 55 years of age or older, live in the service area of the program (Guilford and Rockingham Counties), be certified by the state to be eligible for long-term or nursing home level of care, and able to live safely in the community with the assistance of PACE services and care.
Adult care centers, such as the PACE program, allow older adults to receive the medical care they need while maintaining a sense of independence within the comfort of their own home. PACE of the Triad is currently enrolling new participants. To find out more, call (336)550-4040 or visit www.pacetriad.org.
Dr. Robert Koehler is the medical director of PACE of the Triad and a member of the Cone Health medical staff. Dr. Koehler has been a family medicine specialist for more than thirty years, graduating from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School in 1981. He completed his residency in family medicine at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.