About the Study














The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a national program through which approved providers offer comprehensive services to elderly and disabled persons who qualify for nursing home care.  The goal of the program is to improve quality of life and to maintain participants at home as long as possible.  The hub of a PACE program is the PACE day center, a medically-intensive facility that provides health services, care coordination, nutrition, activities, family services, and administrative support all under one roof.  Because PACE is a relatively new provider, "best practice" standards for the design, layout, and furnishing of PACE day centers have not been developed.

This study gathered information from 100 staff members of 13 existing PACE sites on their experiences and opinions on the design of their centers, synthesizing the results into a state of the art document that will aid developers of new PACE centers.

Directors at each site were interviewed by phone, and staff members completed a mailed survey.  In addition, each site returned a disposable camera with photographs of certain areas of the center.

This study had three components:

Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care

Findings from this project was presented at the National PACE Association Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 7-10, 2007.

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