Elderly Floridians who are limited in income may be eligible for Medicaid to provide them with the necessary care. This can be essential for the person and his or her family to ensure that they are not deprived of health treatment and maintenance to assist them in living as functional a life as their condition allows. Medicaid can cover elderly people to live in a nursing home. However, not everyone wants to leave their own home even if they need a certain level of care to survive. This is when the PACE program might be helpful for those in an area that offers it and meet the basic requirements.
What is PACE?
PACE is the acronym for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. It is specifically for people who would meet the criteria to receive Medicaid nursing home care, but instead allows them to have services at home and in their community. This generally costs less than Medicaid nursing home care, but will provide for the person’s needs. The services a person would get through Medicaid would be granted, but the person would also get coverage they would get through Medicare.
Older people and their families who are considering PACE must know whether they are eligible. The prospective patient must be at least 55; live in an area served by PACE; have the eligibility requirements under CARES (Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services); be judged to have the ability for safe living at home or in the community; and be eligible for Medicaid or both Medicaid and Medicare.
For PACE or other Medicaid programs, professional help can be key
Regardless of what the elderly person’s needs and goals are, one of the fundamental concerns in the present and future is how they will pay for care. Medicaid is a program specifically designed for certain segments of the population to get the care they need whether that is for hospitalization, doctor’s care, prescription medications and more. For help with any aspect of Medicaid planning, a person and his or her family should have accurate information and guidance. Experienced professionals may be able to help.