The launch of a new Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) “in a distressed community at the southeast corner of the District of Columbia” is an inspiration for Robyn Stone.
Stone, senior vice president of research at LeadingAge and co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, wrote about the new Edenbridge PACE at Skyland Town Center, co-owned by two Massachusetts-based providers, Edenbridge Health and Element Care.
She outlines the elements of the new PACE that make it unique:
It was designed with core principles devoted to “understanding and serving the whole person, providing outstanding geriatric care, and strengthening community.”
It has strong ties to local affordable housing communities that are home to people with multiple chronic conditions, many of whom are now clients.
The builders of the PACE went to great lengths to build trust with neighborhood residents and partners, via community-based meetings and focus groups, before moving forward with their plans.
It wants to be a part of community revitalization, in an area that one stakeholder says “has spent decades without affordable, comprehensive health care.”