Seniors in the Commonwealth of Virginia may need support in the form of a health plan. The PACE Program, also known as the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, allows seniors to have a total health care solution that is separate from a nursing home.
This is especially popular with people who wish to age in place or stay at home and in their own community. Independence is one of the most important aspects for many aging seniors and PACE centers in Virginia allow these participants to still receive the medical care they need but live independently.
A team of doctors, personal care aides, nurses, social workers and rehabilitation therapists can provide coordinated care for each individual PACE participant. Only certain people are eligible to leverage Virginia PACE benefits. First of all, you must live in a PACE service area.
You must also be age 55 or above, able to live safely in the community with the support of PACE, not requiring any outside involvement and be approved for nursing facility care level through the state of Virginia assessment.
A variety of services are offered through this program, including social services, prescription coverage, transportation, speech therapy, physical therapy, meals, activities, and day centers.
Whether you’re looking to prepare for your own future or trying to help a loved one qualify for Medicaid, you’re not in this alone. The support of an estate planning attorney can be extremely helpful during this time.
For more information about planning for Medicaid in Virginia and how to determine the most appropriate estate plan for you, a consultation with a Virginia Beach estate planning lawyer should be your next step.