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Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (Hopkins ElderPlus)

As we consider how aging will affect our lives, a common worry is whether we will be able to stay in our homes and who will take care of us if we need medical assistance or help with personal care or housework. This concern is often echoed by our family members.

With Hopkins ElderPlus (also called PACE, or the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), older adults can continue to live in their homes while receiving medical care and quality of life services from the Johns Hopkins Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

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How the program works

Hopkins ElderPlus (HEP) is a voluntary health program that provides and coordinates all needed health care services so that older individuals can continue living as independently as possible. This includes primary care, rehabilitation services and hospital care (when needed).

Because the program utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach, every one of HEP's 75 employees—from van drivers to homecare aides to patient escorts—is encouraged to observe participants and share their observations with the clinical staff. This approach allows for medical problems to be caught earlier and chronic illnesses to be better managed.


To be eligible for Hopkins ElderPlus, individuals must:

  • Be 55 years of age or older
  • Live in one of these zip codes: 21202, 21205, 21206, 21213, 21214, 21217, 21218, 21219, 21220, 21221, 21222, 21224, 21227, 21231, 21237 or 21052
  • Be certified by the State of Maryland for nursing-home-level care
  • Have the potential to remain safely in the community with Hopkins ElderPlus assistance

What you can expect

Day Health Care: The Hopkins ElderPlus day health care center provides health, social, rehabilitative, recreational, and personal care services.

Medical Care and Supervision: A Johns Hopkins geriatrics physician along with nurse practitioners develops, monitors, and supervises each participant’s medical care and treatment plan.

Medications: All prescription medications are provided at no cost to the participant.

Medical Equipment: Walkers, canes, wheelchairs, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and other equipment are provided (if medically necessary).

Nursing Care: Nursing care treatment, education, and counseling are offered to participants and their families, as well as administration and monitoring of medications.

Rehabilitation: Occupational, physical, and speech therapy are available if needed.

Medical Specialties: Access to podiatry, psychiatry, dentistry, optometry, and audiology services are available, if medically necessary (other specialties are available by referral).

Social Work Services: Social workers assess social and medical needs, offer individual and family counseling, and may assist participants in obtaining community services.

Transportation: Participants receive transportation to and from the day health care center and to medical appointments, including assistance getting from the vehicle to the building when needed.

Recreation: A variety of arts, crafts, restorative exercises, social activities, and entertainment keeps participants active.

Meals: Participants receive a hot, well-balanced noon meal, plus snacks in the day health care center. If needed, Johns Hopkins ElderPlus provides meals at home.  All participants receive nutritional assessments and counseling by a registered dietician.

Personal Care: ElderPlus staff assists participants with bathing, grooming, and toileting while they are at the day health care center.

In-Home Care: Personal care and skilled nursing services at the participant’s home are available, as approved by the interdisciplinary team.


Participants agree to:

  • Receive all of their health care coordinated through Hopkins ElderPlus
  • Pay for the costs of unauthorized or out-of-program-agreement services, if they are liable

Participants may leave the program at any time, subject to certain limitations.

Hopkins ElderPlus participants have the right to protection against discrimination due to:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Gender and sexual orientation
  • Manual or physical ability
  • Source of payment

A participant who thinks he/she has been discriminated against for any reason may contact a Hopkins ElderPlus social worker at 410-550-7044 or may call the Office of Civil Rights at 1-800-368-1019.

Contact and more information

The Hopkins ElderPlus PACE program is available to qualifying participants in and around Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, call 410-550-8093 or 410-550-7047. You can also: