A History of PACE Organization of Rhode Island
The PACE model of care can be traced to the early 1970s, when the Chinatown-North Beach community of San Francisco saw the pressing needs of families whose elders had emigrated from Italy, China and the Philippines, and were in need of long term care services. Today there are over 106 PACE Organizations operating in 32 states across the country, serving seniors from all walks of life.
In 1999, the Board of Directors of CareLink-RI, a nonprofit network of long term care providers, voted to approve the development of a PACE program in Rhode Island. They came to this decision after careful examination of the needs of the state’s seniors, whom they knew would benefit from a program designed specifically for seniors with health needs who wish to remain at home in their respective communities.
CareLink received grant support from the Rhode Island Foundation to complete the business plan and the market study. The conclusion to both of these activities was clear- bring PACE to Rhode Island. After completing a two-year long application process to earn the official PACE program designation, CareLink received approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and by The Department of Human Services in Rhode Island to open the first PACE center in the state.
The PACE Organization of Rhode Island opened in December 2005. Today it is a stand-alone not-for-profit health program serving adults 55 and older who have chronic health needs and want to live at home. As the only PACE program in Rhode Island, today it serves over 250 participants from all over the state at the main office and Day Center, located at 225 Chapman Street in Providence. In the spring of 2013, PACE-RI purchased the Adult Day Center of Westerly, making their services more accessible to participants in Southern RI.
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