On Lok Senior Health Services

On Lok Senior Health Services

A “Place of Peace and Happiness” for San Francisco’s Bay Area’s Frail Seniors


Background & Goal

Many among the rapidly growing aging population who are eligible for nursing home care prefer to remain in their homes and communities but still need comprehensive health care and other services.

The On Lok Senior Health Services helps seniors to live and be part of their communities, enjoying the comforts of home and family, for as long as possible.

Center Description

On Lok is a network of centers combined with clinics and day services programs for seniors that provides comprehensive medical (acute, rehab and long term care) and health care, prescription drugs, bilingual case management, home-cooked meals and opportunities to socialize to more than 1,000 elders in multiple San Francisco and Bay Area locations. An interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, dieticians, recreational therapists, home care and health workers, and drivers formulates, coordinates and provides the services and activities. 

Evidence of Success

  • Cost of care has been cited as being 15% lower than under the traditional fee-for-service care system. On Lok has had no cost overruns and has been able to self-insure for future needs.

Continued Impact of PACE Program- National PACE Association (NPA) 2011:

For More Information Contact:

Jennie Chin Hansen, MS, RN, FAAN

American Geriatrics Society
40 Fulton Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10038

  • Rural PACE® Provider Grant Program - Report to Congress CMS has issued a Report to Congress on the evaluation of the Rural PACE Provider Grant Program. Congress encouraged the expansion of PACE into rural communities by authorizing the rural PACE provider grant program in section 5302 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The reports finds overall favorable experience by the rural PACE pilot sites, as well as their beneficiaries and communities, in the early phases of implementation.
  • Study Cites Reasons for PACE® Effectiveness PACE® was one of three programs researchers identified as models of long term care that are effective, efficient and less expensive than traditional long term care in a study whose findings appear in the November 3, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
  • NPA Testifies at U.S. House Energy and Commerce Hearing on Dual-eligible Beneficiaries-June 2011
  • Shawn Bloom, NPA President and CEO, testified at a June 21 hearing organized by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, entitled, “Dual-Eligbles: Understanding this Vulnerable Population and How to Improve Their Care.” NPA was invited because of PACE organizations’ reputation for excellence and experience with serving the frailest subset of the duals: older adults requiring nursing home level of care.