The Virginia Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) was established to assist qualifying adults age 55 and over to remain living in their homes. The PACE program allows individuals to remain in familiar surroundings, maintain selfsufficiency and preserve the highest level of physical, social and cognitive function and independence. On April 1,2012, Virginia began a new PACE program in Fairfax, Virginia, operated by lnova Health Systems. This particular PACE program currently serves Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and the City of Falls Church.
For an individual to be served under the PACE program, he or she must meet certain criteria:
- Must be over the age of 55;
- Must be eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. However, Medicaid eligibility may be waived if the individual can pay out of pocket costs of about $5,000 per month (a $4,295 premium for long-term care and $671 to cover the Medicare Part D subsidy).
- Must be certified by Fairfax County to be eligible for nursing home care.
In order to begin the evaluation process, an individual must first be screened by Fairfax County using the Virginia Uniform Assessment Instrument (UAI). The screening may be obtained at a local Department of Social Services or Department of Health, or a hospital from which the individual is being discharged. This process may take up to 120 days. Next, contact the Braddock Glen Adult Day Health Care center at (703) 239-5888 to discuss enrollment in the Virginia PACE program. Once the center at Braddock Glen obtains all of the required information, it is forwarded to an Enrollment Coordinator.
Provision of Services
All PACE program services for Fairfax must be obtained through the center at Braddock Glen (located at 4027 Olley Lane, Fairfax, Va.). However, if an individual needs additional care, such as an in-home aide, it will be provided if deemed medically necessary. The PACE program treats both ambulatory and non-ambulatory individuals; however individuals should be able to ambulate sufficiently to receive services at the Braddock Glen Center.