CalPACE program can help families with elder care issues

Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Re "Elder care crisis haunts families" (Page A1, Nov. 13): We applaud the Bee's Anita Creamer for the comprehensive article about elder care. However, the story failed to mention CalPACE, the California Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, as one of the most viable options available to qualified low-income families with loved ones needing support. CalPACE saves the state and families money by keeping seniors out of expensive institutions with coordinated services to keep seniors active, healthy and well taken care of in their home and community. However, if seniors need a higher level of care, PACE programs can accommodate them in that setting as well. We are hopeful pending federal legislation will make it easier for seniors on Medicare who don't qualify for Medi-Cal to pay a monthly amount and enroll in PACE. Our website at www.calpace.org provides more information.

-- Peter Hansel, Sacramento, Executive director, CalPACE

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