What is Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a long-term comprehensive health care program that enables elderly adults to live at home in their communities for as long as medically and socially possible. This all-inclusive plan includes preventive care, medical care, and support services.
As a not-for-profit organization, we reinvest our resources back into the community. We proudly fund and partner with community programs to help ensure those in need have access to care and social services. Our mission is to provide independence and autonomy to aging seniors.
What does all-inclusive mean?
All-inclusive means we offer a complete program of health care and health-related services to keep the participants living in their own homes.
What services does Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E provide?
Participants of SCPP receive all medically necessary care that is coordinated out of our Adult Day Health Center. Some of the services include, but are not limited to, medical care, rehabilitation, use of the day health center, personal care, social interactions, home care, transportation, light housekeeping, filling prescriptions, and monitoring.
What is the best part of your program?
Participants can stay in their homes and have someone else manage and coordinate their health needs.
Where are your locations?
- Albion: 290 B Drive North
- Battle Creek: 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ste. 103
- Kalamazoo: 445 W. Michigan Ave.
- Portage: 800 E. Milham Ave.
How do I make a referral to Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E?
Please call our referral line at (269) 441-9319; fax a cover sheet indicating it is a new referral to (269) 441-3487; or visit our website at www.seniorcarepartnersmi.org and fill out a referral form online.
I do not know if this person qualifies to be in a nursing home. Should I still make a referral?
If you are seeing a decline in the person’s health, cognition, ability to care for themselves, or any other concerns, then make a referral. We have a team of highly trained and qualified employees to assist someone through the process to determine eligibility.
What are the requirements to enroll?
To enroll, a person should:
- Be at least 55 years of age or older
- Live in Kalamazoo County, Calhoun County, eastern Van Buren County, southeast Allegan County, or southern Barry County
- Meet a nursing home level of care guidelines as determined by the State of Michigan
- Be able to live safely at home with the help of Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
What is the cost of Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.?
Medicare and Medicaid pay for Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. services. Most people pay nothing for our program. If you qualify for Medicaid, either alone or in combination with Medicare, your cost may be fully covered. Our enrollment coordinators can help you determine eligibility. There are no copayments for services or prescriptions that are approved by Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. Participants may be personally liable for the cost of out-of-network services or services without prior approval. For those that do not have Medicaid, we can assist in the application. Private pay is also accepted.
What is the income level for a participant to be eligible for P.A.C.E?
To qualify for Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. Medicaid, individuals must have a gross income of less than $2,742 /month. This same amount of monthly income applies to each spouse for a married couple.
Can the participant keep their home and car?
Yes, each participant that enrolls can keep one car and one home that does not count against assets of more than $2,000.
What happens if assets are over $2,000?
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E Eligibility Specialists will work with families following Department of Health and Human Services regulations to complete the Medicaid application and discuss allowable financial options for families to consider.
How does joining Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E affect Medicare and Medicaid?
The participant’s Medicare and Medicaid will continue. Medicare and Medicaid make payments each month to Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. to cover participant care. Participants receive all covered services they would normally receive through Medicare and Medicaid and may be eligible for more services.
How do I enroll and what is the process?
Call (269) 441-9319. There is a process which includes: verification (check eligibility) validation (develop plan of care) and victory (align on plan of care and enroll).
How long does it take to get services started?
Depending on participant’s needs, services can start as early as the first day of the following month after enrollment.
What happens if I want to leave the Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. program?
A person may un-enroll or restart a traditional Medicare and Medicaid program at any time.
What kind of services do you provide?
Medical (including hearing, dentistry, vision, psychiatry, and speech therapy), nursing, physical and occupational therapies, nutritional services, social work, medications, and home care services. Additionally, we have contracts with many specialists and other providers in the community.
What does transportation do? Where do they go?
Our transporters take participants to medical appointments (front desk) and to and from the Adult Day Health Center.
What does home care include?
Home care services include cleaning, meal preparation, grocery shopping, laundry, and bathing.
How late/early is home care scheduled?
We will work with you to ensure your needs are met.
Can participants keep their current in-home providers?
Yes, if the care is authorized, we are here to ensure your needs are met
What supports are available for me as a caregiver?
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. provides caregiver training, support groups, and respite care through our Adult Day Health Center. This gives the caregiver relief and peace of mind during the day, and often improves the quality relationship with the caregiver and participant.
What is an Adult Day Health Center?
The Adult Day Health Center is a multi-purpose center that is open on weekdays to provide social interaction, nutrition support, activities, therapies, and medical services.
What do participants do during day center attendance?
We have a wide variety of activities and programs designed to support social, physical, and spiritual wellness. Examples include virtual music performances, Bingo, cognitive games, group, and individual fitness activities including cardio drumming, seated exercise, seated dancing, pet therapy, spiritual programs, arts and crafts, virtual intergenerational activities, volunteer work, socials, music, adapted gardening, and more.
Does the participant have to attend the day center?
The center is NOT mandatory but is encouraged so that the participant can combat loneliness, partake in physical and mental activity, and eradicate caregiver fatigue.
Who is on-call during off hours?
A Primary Care Provider is available by phone 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and we will work with you to reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations by meeting your needs through our team-based care.
Do participants have to give up their doctor?
This team will collaborate to manage all their medical needs. We are committed to building a trusting relationship with participants as we have more than 50 years of combined experience.
Will they change my medications?
Possibly. The participant’s Primary Care Provider will go over his or her medications at during the initial assessment and throughout the participant’s on-going care.
What medications and supplies are covered?
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. covers prescription medications, as well as over-the-counter medications when ordered by our doctor. We supervise medication distribution. We cover authorized lab tests, procedures, and outpatient services. Necessary medical supplies are provided such as diabetic testing, wound supplies, and durable medical equipment. Emergency and ambulance services are also provided.
If you do not find the answer to your question, please feel free to contact us.