Grand Opening Celebration of Thome PACE in Jackson on Friday, February 26

United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) is pleased to announce a special Open House event on Friday, February 26 from 1:30 to 3:30pm to celebrate the Grand Opening of Thome PACE, or Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. In addition to refreshments and entertainment, tours of Thome PACE will be provided to show how the PACE Day Health Center allows frail, older adults to remain in their own homes and communities.

Located at 2282 Springport Road in Jackson, Michigan, Thome PACE serves low to moderate income older adults who meet state eligibility for nursing care, but who are able to live safely and independently in the community with the help of PACE services. A partnership between UMRC and the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, Thome PACE serves Jackson, Lenawee, and Hillsdale counties and will begin accepting participants on March 1, 2016.

“The PACE Day Health Center provides seniors with ‘one stop’ for all their healthcare needs,” explains Thome PACE Executive Director, Kate Collins. “Everything – from medical and dental care, to therapy and podiatry, to recreation and meals – is offered under one roof, with door-to-door transportation provided for all participants. We are very excited to bring the PACE model to this region.”

Julie Wetherby, Executive Director of Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, agrees. “At Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, we work every day with older adults and adults with disabilities from this tri-county region who could benefit from the services offered by Thome PACE. We are proud to partner with UMRC on this much-needed project that provides an alternative to nursing home care. We know how much it means for local seniors to be able to stay in the homes they love.”

PACE began in the 1970s and is often referred to as “the gold standard” for the care of frail, older adults, according to UMRC President and CEO John Thorhauer. “It is based on the philosophy that seniors with chronic health needs and their families enjoy a better quality of life and are better served when they can remain in the community they call ‘home.’ PACE becomes the participant’s sole healthcare provider, resulting in more personal care and attention, fewer emergency room visits, and overall savings in healthcare costs.”

Thome PACE is named for the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation which awarded $2.5 million in grants toward this project. In addition to Thome PACE, UMRC has been a partner in two other PACE programs – in Ypsilanti and Lansing – the most of any other single organization in the state.