PACE Center helps seniors live at home

Published: Sep. 20, 2016 at 12:29 PM EDT
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The St. Joseph PACE Center (Program of All- inclusive Care for the Elderly) opened their Mishawaka facility in August as a resource to help seniors live safely at home.

They don't need to worry about traveling to the center; a van is provided to shuttle seniors to and from their home. Their care team is complete with doctors, therapists, dietitians and social workers who look after seniors for a portion of the day. The team communicates in the morning on what the best plan is for each participant who comes anywhere from 1-5 days a week.

They get a light breakfast in the morning, hot lunch and a snack in the afternoon before leaving.

Social interaction is another aspect of the PACE program. Seniors are able to engage in peer-to-peer interaction throughout the day. They can play board games, talk during lunch, or exercise with one another as they build relationships in the community.

Participants must be 55 years or older and live in the service area, which covers much of St. Joseph County and portions of Marshall and Elkhart County. They also must qualify to live in a nursing home, but with the PACE resources, be able to live at home.

There is no cost for anyone who qualifies for both Medicaid and Medicare. There is also an option for members to pay a portion of the cost out-of-pocket if they do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare.

The center is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Participants arrive around 9 a.m. and leave around 2 p.m.

Anyone who is would like to find our more information can contact PACE at 574.247.8700 or visit their