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PACE Your LIFE : Delaware’s Newest, Easiest Way to Continue Living Independently in Your Own Home

VITAL Magazine, 2ND QUARTER 2023

Caregiving is a 24/7 responsibility and caregiver stress is very real. Caregiving can impact a caregiver’s professional life, family and personal relationships, their health, and can have negative financial consequences. Yet every day, women & men serve as caregivers to parents, spouses, friends, and neighbors who are elderly or have disabilities. Caregivers do housework, provide personal care, shop and prepare food, schedule and drive to appointments, give medication, plan activities, and offer emotional support. Many do this while work- ing full-time and raising families. And they do this so that their loved one can remain in their own home.

PACE stands for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, a unique model of care that helps people live safely at home with assistance from a team of compassionate healthcare experts. One of the newest PACE sites is right here in Milford, DE. PACE Your LIFE, a part of the Milford Wellness Village, is a free program that offers a total solution for individuals over age 55 who meet certain criteria and who experience health problems that limit their daily activities. By providing complete medical, health, and social services in a centralized location, as well as in participants’ homes, PACE enables older adults to live independently.

PACE Your LIFE offers services to residents of southern Kent and Northern Sussex Counties (zip codes 19933, 19934, 19941, 19943, 19946, 19950, 19952, 19954, 19958, 19960, 19962, 19963, 19968, 19979). In addition to living independently, participants get assistance managing chronic health conditions with the goal of reducing hospitalizations and nursing home visits.

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Every participant and their caregivers work with the team at PACE Your LIFE to create an individualized plan of care with individualized goals. Services may include: adult day health services; primary and specialty medical care; nursing care; prescription medication and medication management; occupational and physical therapy; social work services; podiatry, vision and hearing care; dental care; mental health services; personal care services; transportation; medical equipment and supplies; nutritional counseling and diet planning; home-delivered meals; caregiver respite; personal emergency response systems; end-of-life support and care; and in-home services, such as light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, adaptive equipment, and assistance with bathing and dressing.

Daily transportation to the Day Center and home again, as well as to off-site medical appointments, is provided. All care is managed by the PACE Your LIFE team and a network of contracted healthcare providers.

These days, many caregivers are overwhelmed and are struggling to coordinate their loved one’s care, juggle medical appointments, manage prescriptions, and maintain their households. The team at PACE Your LIFE can help!

To learn more, visit our website PACEYOURLIFEMWV.COM or call 302-865-3565.