Elderly care program expands to 59 Kansas counties


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A program touted as a community-based alternative to costly nursing home care for the elderly is making a major expansion in Kansas.

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, now serves eight Kansas counties. Soon it will be available in 59 counties, all in eastern and central Kansas. Thirty states have PACE programs.

Kansas Department for Aging and Disabilities Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan was in Wichita Wednesday where he toured the facilities of the local Via Christi HOPE program. Sullivan says most seniors generally prefer to stay in their own homes rather than go into nursing facilities, and PACE lets them do that.

PACE provides medical and social services for people who qualify for nursing home care but can live safely at home with assistance.

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