PACE Now Accepting Participants in Cuyahoga County.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Ohio Department of Aging have chosen McGregor PACE to manage the local Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Cuyahoga county. McGregor PACE, a subsidiary of the McGregor Founation will provide supportive programs throughout Cuyahoga county.
This special program enables individuals who are 55 years of age, eligible for Medicare and or Medicaid and living in Cuyahoga County to safely remain at home rather than in costlier nursing home facilities. McGregor PACE will serve participants through two Adult Day Centers located at the Margaret Wagner House in Cleveland Heights and the MetroHealth Senior Health & Wellness Center in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn.
Medical services are provided through the Geriatric Medicine department of University Hospitals (UH). McGregor PACE is building on the strength of the UH House Calls Program, launched in 2004, which helps homebound seniors beset with heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, memory loss, and other health- related problems.
Peter DeGolia, MD, CMD, the new McGregor PACE Medical Director, noted that “similar to the UH House Calls Program, PACE programs care for frail and vulnerable older adults who are at high risk for hospitalization and nursing home placement. While most seniors want to remain in their homes surrounded by family and friends, many do not have enough supportive services to prevent nursing home placement. The McGregor PACE program will work with eligible seniors and their caregivers who are committed to living at home where they want to be. In partnership with this program, UH medical staff will manage the medical conditions of the most frail and vulnerable older adults in our community.”
On January 1, 2011 McGregor PACE began open enrollment for new participants. To qualify for PACE, participants must be 55 years of age or older, live in Cuyahoga county, meet state eligibility requirements for nursing facility admission, and be capable of remaining in their homes safely with proper care and support.
The PACE model grew out of, On Loc, a pioneering community-based senior healthcare program in San Francisco in the early 1970s. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services contracts with more than 70 PACE centers in 30 states, Ohio currently has two PACE Programs.
Founded in 1877, McGregor is a direct provider and benefactor of aging services, residential care and affordable senior housing throughout Cuyahoga County. The McGregor Home owns and operates skilled nursing and long-term facilities for 174 senior residents from a campus in East Cleveland, including McGregor at Overlook in the Herrick Mews neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. The Home also owns and operates 65 assisted and independent living units on the East Cleveland campus. In addition, the McGregor Foundation extends financial assistance to providers of affordable housing and home and community –based services and services that enhance the quality of life of vulnerable seniors, as well as organizations committed to the education and training of the aging services workforce from paraprofessionals to geriatric physicians.