CHEYENNE, Wyo. (RELEASE) Wyoming PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) will be closed from July 12 through July 15 during its move to a new facility at 1200 East 20th St. The program will reopen for business on July 16.
Wyoming PACE is a non-profit health and supportive services program designed to assist seniors who want an alternative to long-term care placement. The program is administered by the Wyoming Institute of Population Health, a division of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Wyoming PACE was started in January 2013. It is the first and only PACE program to be offered in Wyoming.
“Wyoming PACE has experienced significant growth since it opened,” said Rebecca Carey, the program’s clinical director. “After expanding and again outgrowing available space in the Cheyenne Regional Health Plaza, the decision was made in 2016 to open a new center.” Enrollment is currently at 135.
There are 126 PACE programs in the United States. Those programs oversee 260 PACE centers serving more than 49,000 participants in 31 states.
PACE programs are required to meet rigorous federal guidelines and standards to operate. Wyoming PACE participants must be 55 years of age or older, meet criteria for admission to a nursing facility, live in Laramie County and receive PACE support without jeopardizing their current health or safety.
There is no cost for participants who are Medicaid eligible or who have Medicare and Medicaid. Those without Medicare or Medicaid may pay privately for PACE.
Services include on-site physician access, medical and nursing care, hospital and emergency care, prescription drug coverage and management, lab tests and diagnostic procedures, meals and nutritional counseling, physical/occupational/speech therapy, home care, adult day healthcare and transportation.
An open house in the new location will be scheduled later this summer. The open house will give community members an opportunity to see the new facility, learn more about the program and meet the PACE caregiver team.
“Wyoming PACE provides Laramie County seniors with daily medical and social services so they can continue to live at home safely,” Carey said. “PACE is all about giving people a choice and ensuring that their dignity is preserved. We invite anyone with questions or who simply wants to see what the program has to offer to call us at 773-8112.”