East Boston, MA, March 1, 2017—The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, which provides the residents of East Boston and surrounding communities with access to vital health care services, today announced that its Elder Service Plan is being renamed Neighborhood PACE, an abbreviation for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. The name change comes in the midst of a program expansion that will lead to the opening of a new PACE center in Revere.
Neighborhood PACE, one of 121 PACE programs across the nation and the first in Massachusetts when it was founded in 1990, has locations in East Boston and Winthrop. The program serves residents age 55 and over who meet the program’s clinical and financial eligibility criteria and live in East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Winthrop, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, or Boston’s North End. Many elders are able to age in place in the community as a result of the program.
“There is tremendous demand for this program and the timing seemed right to choose a name more reflective of our mission, which is to ensure that older adults have ready access to the medical care and services they need to continue to live safely in the community,” said Laura Wagner, Senior Vice President of Geriatric Services at EBNHC. “The new name also brings us in line with sister PACE organizations doing similar work.”
Neighborhood PACE is designed to assist older adults who have complex medical conditions and require some help to live safely in the place they call home, by providing both health and social services. These services include primary and specialty medical care, home nursing and personal care, rehabilitation therapy, social interaction and programming, medications without co-pays, and medical transportation.