PACE goal: Keep elderly in their own homes, out of nursing homes

Older residents in the Omaha area now can plug into a program new to Nebraska that provides the medical help they need to stay in their own homes rather than live in a nursing home.

Immanuel Pathways is opening the state's first PACE center Wednesday in a former grocery store space at 5755 Sorensen Parkway in north-central Omaha.

PACE stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. It's a comprehensive program for frail older adults who meet their states' eligibility criteria for a nursing-home level of care.

People eligible for Medicaid only or both Medicare and Medicaid pay no monthly premiums and get all program services, including prescription drugs. Those who don't qualify for Medicaid also can enroll but are charged a monthly premium.

The 18,000-square-foot center on Sorensen is both an activity center where people can go during weekdays to meet with friends and a clinic where they can see health care providers.

Last year Immanuel Pathways opened a PACE center on North 16th Street in Council Bluffs. It now serves 60 people.

Wendy Schultz's 68-year-old mother, Judy Anderson, gets picked up at her Bluffs home three days a week and taken to the center.

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