The PACE program is a program that is all-inclusive for the elderly. The persons who qualify for the program are ones with an age of at least 55 years and should prove to deserve nursing home care level of care (Hirth et al., 2009). Enrolled members benefit from getting attention in various aspects. The program provides them with dental care in case they have dental issues, rehabilitation, and social services in case of different psychological challenges, nutritional counseling to keep them healthy as well as prescription drugs and personal care.
Pace programs play an essential role in taking care of the elderly. It enables them to have a comfortable and healthy living as well as making them happy in their old age. By giving them long-term care, they are able to live without having to visit hospitals from time to time, therefore, reducing unnecessary congestion in hospitals (Hirth et al., 2009). The cost of running hospitals is also reduced significantly because younger people have stronger immunity and most of them do not need to visit hospitals frequently, or even receive medical care from hospitals.
However, the PACE program also faces various limitations in its operation. The major challenge is finance. Long-term care requires constant supply of resources like medicinal drugs and other equipment required to take care of elderly people (Hirth et al., 2009). The resources and equipment require continued financing that is not always available. Besides, the program faces a challenge in managing the constantly increasing enrollment. Many people enroll to the program, therefore, making it difficult and expensive to manage.
Considering the benefits and challenges faced in operation of the program, it should be availed in al areas. By availing the program in all areas, congestion in facilities will be greatly reduced, hence increasing the capability of providing better services without straining on resources.
Hirth, V., Baskins, J., & Dever-Bumba, M. (2009). Program of all-inclusive care (PACE): Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 10(3), 155-160.