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Riverside keeps PACE with the needs of seniors

Most of us would probably like to remain in our own homes until the end of our days, comfortably settled in familiar surrounds. All too often, declining health, disability or mental incapacity are an unwelcome intrusion into those plans, leaving seniors and their families scrambling to make alternate arrangements, often under severe financial and emotional stress.

Recognizing the desire of most seniors to continue living at home, Riverside PACE is making that possible for hundreds of the Peninsula's elderly.

Dr. Sharon Petitjean, medical director of Riverside PACE, describes it as a "more personal way of getting health care," a program that focuses on the unique, changing needs of each individual.

What's the objective of PACE?

To enhance life for frail, older adults by providing quality, compassionate care and services. Riverside PACE (a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) achieves this by empowering participants to live in their homes and community for as long as it is medically and socially feasible.

What advantages does PACE offer, as opposed to seniors making their own health care arrangements?

Older people often have long-lasting medical problems. PACE will arrange for the assistance of doctors, nurses and other trained personnel, while also providing a place where participants can go for care.

Riverside PACE is a complete health care program that offers a more personalized approach. We want to get to know you, and our staff will work with you and your family to provide the care you need.

A range of services are provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Health care specialists monitor changes in your condition, provide treatment, and encourage you to do things for yourself.

Medical care, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional services, medical social work services, including services you can get in your home, are offered through Riverside PACE. In addition, special medical services such as hearing, dentistry, vision, psychiatry and speech therapy also are an important part of your care and will be provided and coordinated through Riverside PACE.

Who is eligible?

Residents of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and lower York who are age 55 or older, able to live safely in the community, and qualify for nursing home-level care as determined through a Virginia UAI (Uniform Assessment Instrument) are eligible.

What services does PACE provide?

  • Outpatient health services
  • Adult day center
  • Physician, clinic, and specialist services
  • Nursing care
  • Social services
  • Physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Prescription drugs and medicines
  • Durable medical equipment (such as artificial limbs, hospital beds, wheelchairs, and walkers)
  • Vision care (examinations and treatment including eyeglasses)
  • Psychiatric care, including evaluation, consultation, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Hearing services, including evaluation, hearing aids, repairs and maintenance
  • Hospital inpatient care
  • Skilled nursing services
  • Home health aide services
  • Homemaker/chore service
  • Home-delivered meals with special diets
  • Respite care
  • Personal care services
  • End of life care
  • Transportation

Does the PACE network include specialists?

Yes. Following are some of the specialized services that are available:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Audiology
  • Behavioral health services/mental health and substance abuse services, including community psychiatric rehabilitation services
  • Cardiology
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gynecology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • General surgery and ambulatory surgery
  • Thoracic and vascular surgery
  • Urology
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