Elderhaus PACE making aging in place easier for adult seniors

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Elderhaus PACE is an non profit organization that provides an alternative to nursing home care to New Hanover and Brunswick County residents.

PACE stands for Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

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“Our mission is to promote and sustain the independence of seniors to live in their homes for as long as possible,” said Breanna Maclellan, a clinical social worker with Elderhaus PACE.

The rising cost of senior adult nursing home care and the convenience of living at home are two primary reasons why seniors prefer to age at home.

Elderhaus PACE offers a unique coordinated approach to healthcare with an interdisciplinary team of specialists.

“Every one of our participants have their own team which consists of doctors, nurses, social work, occupational and physical therapy, speech/language pathology, a registered dietitian, activities coordinator, recreational therapists, homecare coordinator and transportation services,” said Elderhaus PACE Occupational Therapist Todd Robertson.

Elderhaus PACE is an optional Medicaid program that exists in 31 states.

Elderhaus was the first PACE program within North Carolina starting in 2008 and there are now 11 PACE programs across the state.

Some of the other benefits of Elderhaus PACE is that it allows caregivers the ability to return to work, there is a reduction in stress by having all services provided under one roof, and there is 24-7, on-call service for any medical concern which provides peace of mind.

Elderhaus PACE is available for individuals who are 55 or older but you must live in New Hanover County or one of four zip codes in Brunswick County (28422, 28451, 28461, 28479).

You must also have a medical or physical need meeting N.C. requirements for nursing home level of care and be able to live safely in the community with Elderhaus services.

A final requirement is that you must be able to pay for services through Medicaid or private pay.

To learn more, Elderhaus PACE will host an Open House event on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 4-6 p.m. at 2222 South 17th Street in Wilmington.