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The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) model is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible. PACE serves individuals who: are ages 55 or older; certified by their state to need nursing home care; able to live safely in the community at the time of enrollment; and live in a PACE service area. While all PACE participants must be certified to need nursing home care to enroll in PACE, only about seven percent of PACE participants nationally reside in a nursing home. If a PACE enrollee needs nursing home care, the PACE program pays for it and continues to coordinate the enrollee's care.
Delivering all needed medical and supportive services, a PACE program is able to provide the entire continuum of care and services to seniors with chronic care needs while maintaining their independence in their home for as long as possible. Services include the following:
The Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness PACE program currently provides services to older adults who live in the following ZIP codes in Indianapolis, Beech Grove, Greenwood, Franklin and Johnson County: 46201, 46219, 46229, 46203, 46107, 46237, 46239, 46227, 46259, 46142, 46143, 46184, and 46131. For more information, please contact Area 8, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions at 317-254-5465.
Social Security Online Services or Telephone 1-800-772-1213
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free unbiased health insurance information for people with Medicare. SHIP is part of a federal network of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs located in every state. In Indiana, SHIP is sponsored by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (the federal agency which administers Medicare) and the Indiana Department of Insurance. Please visit the Indiana Department of Insurance website for details about Medicare and SHIP.
You can also visit one of the local SHIP sites located around the state in order to meet with a counselor in person, or to have questions answered by phone. SHIP counselors are trained volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement insurance, Medicaid, Long Term Care insurance, Prescription Coverage, or Low-Income Assistance.