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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held at Charlottesville Senior Care Facility

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The Charlottesville community is getting its first look at a new senior care facility that's been years in the making. Monday morning, a ribbon-cutting ceremony  was held at the Blue Ridge Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

PACE is a joint venture of the Riverside Health System, the University of Virginia Health System, and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA). It's promoting a new approach to keeping seniors healthy: providing all different types of care in one location.

“The partnership will really make it a reality. We have this great expertise with JABA who's done care of the elderly for 40 years, UVA who has the expert physicians, nurses and others, and of course the Riverside Health System who has deep experience in how to do this,” said Dorrie Fontaine, PACE Board of Directors chair.

PACE will serve people ages 55 and up from Charlottesville and the surrounding counties.

The new PACE facility is not a nursing home and no one will actually live there. The hope is for seniors to continue living in their own homes and communities with support from PACE, which includes an adult day care center, bathing facilities, a library, pharmacy, full-service kitchen, and exam rooms.

"This is a wonderful addition to our community because it just provides another level of service to allow our seniors to age in their own homes, we're able to provide support and honor their wishes to age in place," said Jocelyn Reeder, site director at PACE. 

Before it can officially open, the facility needs final approval from the commonwealth of Virginia and the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

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