Today, there are more than 11 million U.S. million veterans who are over the age of 55
. These servicemen and women served in global conflicts including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. Studies
have indicated that more than half the veterans over 65 reported difficulty functioning and rated their own health as fair or poor. Overall, those who have served have higher rates of chronic disease and behavioral health issues
Serving Veterans in PACE
Many aging veterans are potentially eligible to enroll in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) as part of their benefits provided by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration
This new option comes at a time when the number of aging veterans requiring high-touch care continues to increase. One federal agency
predicts a 16% increase from 2017 to 2022 in the daily number of veterans requiring nursing home care.
"With PACE’s team-based care approach and focus on providing a personalized experience, we work with each veteran to make sure their individual healthcare needs are addressed, including mental health issues that are particularly prevalent among veterans," says Dr. Ann Wells
, veteran and InnovAge chief medical officer for population health. “As our veteran participants age, PACE adjusts along with them to provide for their changing needs on their aging journey.”
Serving Veterans throughout COVID-19
In response to COVID-19, InnovAge has adjusted its care delivery model to continue serving seniors with individualized medical care. The company is providing telehealth, wellness calls, meal and medication home deliveries, as well as transportation and coordination of specialty appointments.
Recently, a Vietnam veteran enrolled in PACE shared, “I’d tell any veteran who is struggling with healthcare and finding it hard to stay in their home that InnovAge can help.”