27 Mar New to Northeast Florida, PACE program gives seniors options
Iva Huffingham just turned 90.
She lives with her daughter in Jacksonville and, although hampered by a few health problems, tries to be as active as possible. With her walker close at hand, she makes her own breakfast and lunch, goes on outings with friends, participates in church activities, spends time on Facebook and elsewhere online, reads and does pencil drawings.
“I’m ready to die,” she said, “but I love living.”
Although a home-health worker makes three-hour visits three times a week, Huffingham has pondered entering an assisted-living or nursing facility to ease the workload on her caregiver daughter, Paula Suhey, a freelance writer. But Huffingham, who has a limited income, is stymied by the cost and worries that her level of activity would be curtailed.
She hopes to be eligible for a Medicare- and Medicaid-funded program being brought to Northeast Florida that would keep her out of a nursing home and help her maintain her current lifestyle.