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Care Center for Seniors Breaks Ground in Charlottesville

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The groundbreaking for the Blue Ridge Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, took place Wednesday at 1335 Carlton Avenue in Charlottesville.

It's a facility that will provide housing and healthcare for seniors in our community who are most at risk for health issues.

This is a partnership between Riverside Health System, University of Virginia Health System and Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA). There are other PACE programs around the country and in Virginia, but this will be the first of its kind in Charlottesville.

"What the PACE program does is it can reduce the need for hospitalizations, avoid nursing home care, provide support to families, and enable people to age in place at home for as long as possible," said Gordon Walker, JABA CEO.

The Blue Ridge PACE is targeted towards people 55 and over who are on Medicare and Medicaid, but others can pay to join too. Residents will receive a comprehensive healthcare plan, and services like home care and adult daycare.

"It will be a center where elderly can stay in their homes and have incredible coordinated care with doctors, nurses, social workers, people that will take care of all their needs," said Dorrie Fontaine, UVA School of Nursing dean.

The Blue Ridge PACE will be able to house about 175 seniors and is expected to open in September. People can begin signing up starting in mid-summer.

 at 1335 Carlton Avenue in Charlottesville.

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