PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a nationwide healthcare program combining medical and social supports. The PACE philosophy is centered on the belief that it is better for seniors with long-term care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible.
A person qualifies if he/she is:
- Be age 55 or older
- Live in anywhere in Muskegon County and portions of Ottawa and Allegan Counties
- Meet the State of Michigan's Nursing Home Level of Care Criteria
- Be able to live safely in their home with community and LifeCircles PACE supports
No. No one lives at the LifeCircles PACE centers. LifeCircles exists to help seniors remain living in their own homes and/or with family members.
We work with community partners and may be able to help someone who is permanently living in a nursing facility transition back to living in a home setting, with support, if that is what the individual wishes, and it is safe to do so.
LifeCircles PACE is not simply a long term-care provider, but an all-inclusive program that provides and coordinates all medically necessary service that are offered through Medicare and Medicaid. View more about our services here. Participants agree to use our network of providers
The program is funded by Medicare, Medicaid and/or private funds. For those who qualify for Medicaid, LifeCircles PACE costs nothing (no copays, deductibles, spend-downs, or donut holes). We encourage anyone to call us to discuss Medicaid eligibility, as we find that many people don’t know they qualify for assistance. Individuals are not required to have Medicare and Medicaid for enrollment. Please contact us to discuss all of your options.
LifeCircles PACE provides transportation to and from the Day Center and all medical appointments as approved by the Interdisciplinary Team. All transportation is wheelchair accessible.
The Day Center provides many opportunities in one place. We restore community and social interaction through fun activities and outings. Located within the day center is a medical clinic, therapy gym, specialized memory care, dining room, and more. The Center is open Monday through Friday. Day center attendance is based upon individual and care partner needs.
The Medical Director of LifeCircles PACE is Dr. Iris Boettcher, who is Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine, Hospice Care and Palliative Medicine. The Primary Care Providers in our Muskegon Clinic include Daniel Caldwell, PA-C, Tom Langton, PA, and Cheryl Fowler, DNP, RN. In our Holland clinic, the Primary Care Providers are Shauna Wishka, PA-C and Perry Babcock, FNP. Dr. Allison Ilem is our Director of Behavioral Health.
When services from a specialist are needed, LifeCircles will schedule and coordinate the appointment with one of our contracted medical specialists. LifeCircles must approve the referral. We contract with many specialists in the area.
LifeCircles PACE is meant to be a life-long program, as long as one continues to meet PACE program eligibility requirements. We are committed to work with participants and their families to maintain and improve health status. We seek to understand what is important to the participant and are there to support them through changing health needs, and even palliative end of life care when the time comes.
Participants may dis-enroll from LifeCircles PACE for any reason. We will assist him/her in restarting benefits in traditional Medicare and Medicaid programs, Medicare Part D, help find another Primary Care Physician, provide medications for 30 days, and make other service referrals as needed.
Yes, If you are not eligible for or interested in the full PACE program, we offer stand alone adult day center services. Participants in this program enjoy socializing in our Day Center with transportation and meals optional. You can select how often you want to attend the program between Monday and Friday 8:30-4:00pm. Contact our Enrollment Coordinators for pricing and information.
Last Updated on January 6, 2021