After 20 years of caring for families at Pueblo Community Health Center, Dr. Rona Knudsen embraces her role as InnovAge PACE’s Center Medical Director, helping vulnerable older adults in the community. <br />
Serving Aging Veterans
November 11, 2021
PACE Senior Care for Veterans
Since 2018, many aging veterans have been eligible to enroll in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) as part of their benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
This option comes as the number of aging veterans requiring high-touch care continues to increase. One federal agency predicts a 16% increase from 2017 to 2022 in the daily number of veterans requiring nursing home care.
For those who don’t want to be in a VA nursing facility, PACE may be a great solution. This is especially true for aging veterans with complex medical conditions and needing a higher level of coordinated healthcare.
With primary and specialty care, telehealth, wellness calls, meal and medication home deliveries, as well as transportation and socialization, PACE helps veterans safely age in place and remain independent as long as possible.
“With PACE’s team-based care approach and focus on providing a personalized experience, we work with each veteran to make sure their individual healthcare needs are addressed, including mental health issues that are particularly prevalent among veterans,” says Dr. Ann Wells, veteran and InnovAge chief medical officer for population health. “As our veteran participants age, PACE adjusts along with them to provide for their changing needs."
Recently, a Vietnam veteran enrolled in PACE shared, “I’d tell any veteran who is struggling with healthcare and finding it hard to stay in their home that InnovAge can help.”
Thank you for your service.
Caregiving for a family member brings challenges that can be difficult when faced alone. Robert and Janet share their stories about how PACE has helped care for her their family members.Read More
Medicare recipients’ highest healthcare expenses include dental bills, prescription drugs, hospital bills, and doctor bills.Read More