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The Older Americans Act 

The Older Americans Act provides federal funds for state and local social service programs that may enable older disabled individuals to receive care in their home. Individuals must be at least 60 years of age, and in great social and financial need. Funding may cover services such as home care aides, meal delivery, and shopping / errand provisions.

Requests for services can be made through an Area Agency on Aging, which may provide the services directly, or refer you to the proper sources. See the Homecare Resource Section to locate the agency nearest you. You can also see the Administration on Aging state contacts at offsite link.  Click on Find Local Programs. Or call the Eldercare Locator at 800.677.1116.


PACE is an optional benefit under both Medicare and Medicaid that focuses entirely on older people, who are frail enough to meet their State's standards for nursing home care. It features comprehensive medical and social services that can be provided at an adult day health center, home, and/or inpatient facilities. For most patients, the comprehensive service package permits them to continue living at home while receiving services, rather than be institutionalized. A team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals assess participant needs, develop care plans, and deliver all services which are integrated into a complete health care plan. PACE is available only in States which have chosen to offer PACE under Medicaid.

Eligible individuals who wish to participate must voluntarily enroll. PACE enrollees also must: be at least 55 years of age, live in the PACE service area, be screened by a team of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals as meeting that state's nursing facility level of care, and at the time of enrollment, be able to safely live in a community setting.

To find out if there is a PACE organization in your area, go to offsite link







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