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InnovAge features
a rehabilitation gym
for physical and
occupational therapies.
Roanoke, Richmond, Newport News
and Charlottesville. InnovAge cares for
hundreds of participants in its large
building, with experts from multiple
disciplines including a physician and two
nurse practitioners on campus.
Director Peg Tierney says staff tend to
participants needing various levels of care
on campus. There are also 14 buses that
take participants on day trips.
Bingo is a favorite activity, but
occasionally musical performances
entertain and there are a variety of
activities open to all participants. " The
goal, " says Tierney, " is to keep people
independent in their homes, to avoid
nursing homes. More and more people
want that. "
InnovAge is a full participant in the
federal PACE (Program of All-inclusive
Care for the Elderly) program. As both the
insurer and provider for each enrolled
senior, InnovAge provides all necessary
medical care, while also paying for the
cost of that care. PACE is voluntary and
participants can disenroll anytime. With
PACE, there are no lifetime limits and no
deductibles, or copayments (copays), for
any service, medication or care approved
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by your interdisciplinary care team.
What you pay for PACE depends on your
financial situation. Most people enrolled in
the program have Medicare and Medicaid,
or are eligible for both, and pay little or
nothing (eligibility requirements are to
be at least 55; rated as eligible for nursing
facility level of care as determined by the
state you live in; are able to live safely at
home and in the community supported by
PACE; and live in a community served by
The InnovAge Virginia PACE center
in Roanoke includes transportation to
medical appointments and to the center;
which has a full primary care clinic with
five clinical exam rooms; and four day
rooms connected to a large, secure patio
where participants enjoy fun activities,
entertainment, catch up with friends and
more. There is also a day room designated
specifically for memory care; a dental
suite; a rehabilitation gym for physical
and occupational therapies; personal care
areas, including showers and restrooms;
areas for talking with social workers; a
dining room where meals are served and
Related services and benefits are
provided as determined by each
individual's care team, and can also
include medication management,
recreational therapy, in home services,
nutrition/dietary needs, counseling, vision,
speech and hearing services/therapy,
respite care and more.
" We provide support for family and
caregivers, " says Nursing Services Director
Monique Pratt. InnovAge's medical staff
keeps a close look after participants,
giving shots, acting as primary care and
urgent care.
Learn more about InnovAge services
and more at
If you're considering adult day care, the
area's options offer terrific opportunities
to continue living life on your terms, while
enabling you to get out and meet people
and stay mentally and physically active.
" Care enhances life, " says Pratt. " It's
like an extended family. [Participants] see
our faces every day and we see things that
need to be addressed. It is more wellrounded
healthcare. "
And for an increasing number, it is a way
to improve the enjoyment of advancing
age. I

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