At your own pace.
Aging & In-Home Services PACE
Fort Wayne, Indiana
AIA, LEED AP, Principal
Aging and In-Homes Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc. (AIHS) is one of the most innovative care organizations in the country with the mission to promote dignity, independence, and advocacy for older adults, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers. Their new PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) program will be the third in the state of Indiana.
PACE programs coordinate and provide all needed preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services, so that older individuals can continue to age in place. PACE is an innovative Medicare and Medicaid program that helps individuals 55 and older meet their healthcare needs in the community instead of going to a nursing home or other care facility. This will offer residents of the Fort Wayne area a new model of integrated care.
The project renovates the former offices of AIHS at 2927 Lake Avenue to create a new space for the PACE program. The former office building presented a challenge to the MKM design team. With a thin building profile, our design team reviewed several building layouts to provide the best care setting for PACE participants. In addition, our team considered potential code challenges that could affect the future of the PACE center. Currently considered an adult day care facility by the IBC, PACE programs are not currently governed by NFPA Life Safety code. Our design team was focused on preventing future regulation challenges and providing important life safety measures by adding a sprinkler system and upgrading existing stairways and door closures to meet code requirements.
The upper level of the building encompasses the primary care setting for the PACE program. A new lobby area welcomes participants into the main living room and activity area lined by a wall of windows connecting the space to the outdoors and offering natural light.
The west side of the building includes personal and urgent care for PACE participants with a personal care suite and clinic. The personal care suite will offer ADA compliant toilets and showers accompanied by a salon. The clinic offers four exam rooms and three treatment bays suited for both private and semi-private care. The lower level of the building will provide space for physical therapy, meal preparation, storage, and office space. Updates to the flooring were made throughout the lower level.
To view in progress photos of construction, see Aging and In-Home Services Facebook page.