“We tend to institutionalize our elders when we can’t care for them at home,” Clarke said. “But many patients are able to be cared for at home, and we want to go into nursing homes and offer services to reassimilate people into their communities.”
In Virginia, Kissito has been designated as a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) provider in Roanoke. This program allows Nursing Home Certified Elders to remain at home and receive home-based care services. Kissito reports that participants in the program experience 50 percent fewer hospital days and more than 90 percent fewer nursing-facility days.
Clarke is expecting Kissito to become more involved in managing patient populations and working with providers across a large geographic area without having to have a physical space.
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