Pacing - A New Resource

"PACE in homes for seniors" is what many call senior in home care. This is not a new program but has just recently become more prominent in San Diego. The concept of this senior in home care is similar to that found in traditional assisted living facilities. However, there are differences that make senior in home care more comfortable and allow them to maintain a sense of independence.

PACE in homes for seniors involves three components. They are a 24-hour monitoring service, social and fitness activities and senior home care assessments. These three components help the senior in home-care provider monitor the senior's progress. At the same time, the provider facilitates the three basic parts of PACE in homes for seniors. They include:

PACE schedule helps the provider to determine how often the senior in home care is being observed. If someone stops coming to the provider regularly then the provider knows that something may need to be adjusted. The provider then adds the missing time to the end of the PACE schedule. Then when the schedule comes back from the local San Diego health department, they will see what adjustments were made. If necessary, they make the necessary adjustments to the home environment and schedule.

The second part of PACE in home care for seniors is the social and fitness component. This is a big change from the in home-care provider keeping the senior at home in a somewhat familiar environment. With PACE in San Diego, the elderly may have to go to a social or fitness facility on a regular basis or the provider will have to make some changes.

The Benefits of PACE In Home Care

In the past, a senior in home-care provider could go for a long walk around the neighborhood, visit with family and friends, play games, engage in conversation, and eat a nice lunch. Nowadays, the elderly may need assistance with getting up from the bed, getting dressed and even help with grocery shopping or taking a walk. Social and fitness activities can help maintain the physical independence of the senior in home care. This is especially important because physical health is so important for increasing the longevity of the senior in home care.

PACE In-Home Care also has new technology in its mix this year. For example, instead of using a caregiver to call the senior home and get an answering machine or video feed, the senior in home-care provider can use PACE technology and talk live on the phone with the caller. It can connect voice to text with speech. The senior in home-care provider can answer the phone, surf the Internet, chat with family and friends, and even send emails to family members. All of these technological changes are being implemented in PACE In-Home Care to provide caregivers with the ability to work more effectively and spend less time in the home.

PACE In-Home Care is being funded by the National Association of Home Care Providers, the National Association of Senior Citizens and other groups. The federal government also contributes money to PACE In-Home Care. These groups provide technical support and training to P ACE trained home health professionals in providing home health care to their clients. PACE In-Home Care services are provided through the assistance of insurance companies to help offset the costs of providing senior home care.

PACE In-Home Care is being implemented by more organizations, both the medical care industry and the home health care industry. This is because of the great need for skilled personal care and the aging of the population. PACE provides a low cost, quality service that seniors can count on when they need personal care assistance. It also gives them a sense of independence and confidence in their ability to take care of themselves.

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