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The community is invited to an open house at the Billings Clinic PACE Center on today from 3:30-5 p.m. located at 3155 Ave. C, adjacent to Aspen Meadows. Billings Clinic offers the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) with centers in Billings, Montana, serving Yellowstone County and Livingston, Montana. PACE is an innovative, team approach offered to an aging family member to remain at home by providing an alternative to nursing home care.

PACE serves individuals who are age 55 or older, certified by the state to need nursing home care, are able to live safely in the community at the time of enrollment and live in a PACE service area. PACE provides preventive health care; primary and specialty medical care; medications, supplies and home medical equipment; dental, eye and foot care; rehabilitation and recreational therapies; personal care; nursing supervision and transportation assistance.

Billings Clinic was selected by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop one of the first fourteen rural PACE programs in the nation. This resulted in the selection of Livingston as the rural PACE site and the creation of an integrated urban-rural partnership that will use a "hub-and-spoke" model, providing Livingston with a unique and independently functioning PACE center, supported and administered by the urban center in Billings.

Additional information sessions will be held Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. For more information about the PACE program, call 406-238-2500 or 1-800-332-7156.

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