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History

The PACE model emerged in San Francisco in the early 1970s when a group of families sought to avoid placing their elderly relatives in nursing homes. These families accomplished this goal by offering a complete set of services, including medical care, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, transportation, respite care, and socialization through one location. Congress authorized status for PACE programs in 1997, recognizing that this program provided an excellent solution for aging seniors and their families. On January 2, 2012, Mercy LIFE of Alabama became the first PACE program in the state of Alabama.