With Michigan’s shelter in place order extended until April 30th, officials announced a new grant that will help provide medical assistance to seniors via the internet. Kent County’s only PACE provider has received almost $50,000 from The Michigan Health Endowment Fund to launch telehealth services for older persons. Care Resources PACE, an acronym for "Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly,"made the announcement Friday, and says the launch of using digital communication services and monitoring gives “the Care Resources clinical team the ability of providing wrap around care, and keep frail and elderly participants in their homes" during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Tracey McNight is the CEO of Care Resources PACE and says that telehealth services will also reduce caregiver strain, decrease emergency room visits and improve participant health.
“This telehealth grant could not have come at a better time for us,” McNight said. Our goal is to keep people in their homes and making sure that they stay healthy. So this telehealth visualization of our participants in their homes is really going to be helpful to us right now.”
Care Resources was one of 61 Michigan providers and safety net organizations to receive grants from The Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The funder awarded nearly $3 million in grants to accelerate telehealth treatment in Michigan during the COVID-19 Pandemic.