Programs of All-Inclusive Care For The Elderly

Age 55 & Up

Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) provides comprehensive health care services to their participants. One of the main objectives of the PACE program is to enable older adults to live in the community as long as medically and socially feasible. 

A PACE organization is responsible for providing care that meets the needs of each participant across all care settings, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Services must be furnished in at least the PACE center, the home, and inpatient facilities, up to and including admission to an acute care or long-term care facility when the PACE program can no longer support the participant safely in the community. The PACE center includes a primary care clinic and areas for therapeutic recreation, restorative therapies, socialization, personal care, and dining, and serves as the focal point for coordination and provision of most PACE services.

Visit the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing website for the most current information about the PACE program.

To qualify:

  • Be 55 years of age or older;
  • Meet nursing facility level of care;
  • Live in the service area of the PACE organization; and
  • Be able to live in a community setting without risking his or her health or safety at the time of enrollment.

Participants may disenroll from the program at any time, for any reason.

Services & Supports

The PACE benefit package for all participants, regardless of the source of payment, must include the following:

  • All Medicare-covered services
  • All Medicaid-covered services as specified in the Medicaid State Plan. Note: Colorado’s Medicaid program is called Health First Colorado. 
  • Other services determined necessary by the interdisciplinary team to improve and maintain the participant’s overall health status

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Adult day services
  • Dental services
  • Emergency services
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Home care services
  • Hospital care
  • Laboratory/X-ray services
  • Long-term care facility
  • Meals
  • Medical specialty services
  • Mental health services
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription drugs
  • Preventative care
  • Primary care (including doctor and nursing services)
  • Recreational therapy
  • Respite
  • Social services
  • Transportation

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