As New Jersey’s population ages, keeping the frail elderly safe in their homes is a growing challenge — one that has been made all too clear by the COVID-19 crisis. Already, we’ve begun to see the analyses and recommendations for improving our elder-care system, all of which inevitably conclude, “there has to be another way.”
In fact, there is another way. It’s called PACE, or Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, a community-based approach that provides comprehensive medical and social services to frail, elderly or disabled people still living in their homes. We’ve been there for our participants throughout COVID-19 and believe that PACE deserves a closer look as we explore ways to offer more options for holistic, coordinated and cost-effective care in the community for these vulnerable populations.