Testimonials and Spotlights

Our Participants and their family members tell the best stories.


Meet Phyllis

“I don’t get to go to the Day Center since COVID, so I miss my buddies, but my home care that PACE provides is fantastic. I have CNAs three times a day to keep me clean and make me laugh. They keep my spirits up. The CNAs are in their mask and gloves as soon as I answer the door. I’m getting physical therapy at home and they fixed my wheelchair and bed. Whatever I need, PACE provides.  My medication is delivered to me by PACE. Sandra (Activities Director) and Kyley (PACE social worker) call me regularly to see that I’m alright. I trust PACE staff will keep me safe -- you gotta have trust.”

My favorite thing about PACE is the way you all treat me. You give me respect, care, and friendship. You tell me things straight. I wouldn’t be able to live in my own home if it wasn’t for Alexian PACE.

Since I have been enrolled in PACE you all have taken wonderful care of me.” 

- Phyllis Benning, Ascension Living Alexian PACE participant

Note: Our Day Center is open again and participants are safely socializing

Meet Lewis Marie

“I was bedridden last year from May until September, when I came into the program. My sister-in-law is the one that told me about PACE and she said, ‘You should just try and give them a call,’ and I am so thankful that I did. 

Before PACE, I needed assistance for any task and had to use a hoyer lift for transfers. I was completely dependent on home health and my family for everything. I would go days without getting out of bed because I could not do it on my own. 

Since coming into the program, I have been able to get out of bed and go places like my doctor’s appointments and the grocery store, and that has impacted my life significantly. I am now able to live independently and can get around my home on my own using a sliding board for transfers. PACE has increased my independence by helping me find safe ways to do things on my own again.

The physical and occupational therapists are continuously helping me with mobility and working with me so I can have a better sense of security in my own functioning. They have been able to help me sit up better in my chair and relieve some of the pain I was experiencing in my neck and shoulders. 

I love the activities and more than anything, I love to play Bingo. I love all the people at PACE. I am so thankful to the CNAs; I don’t know what I would do without them and the therapists. I’m just thankful. Thankful for PACE.”

- Lewis Marie Nelson, PACE participant since September 2021 

"I love working at PACE for the compassionate service and care that we provide and for the value we place on each individual participant. I love the team-oriented environment where everyone has the same goal of providing great service to our community."
Lisa Freeman LCSW at Alexian PACE since 2005
Our participants say it best
I love the people at PACE. Everyone is so nice. My driver is wonderful; he gets an A+. I get to see many beautiful places when I’m riding the PACE van.
Polly Peppenhorst Participant
Our participants say it best
I was afraid to come to the PACE day center at first, then I got to know everyone and now I love it. The nurses are so sweet, and my occupational therapist is the best.
Tandra Jones Participant
Care partners say it well
Five-Star Review!
The team at Alexian PACE is always so informative and compassionate when I have referred any seniors there that I think would benefit from their services. You can tell they have a passion for what they do and helping senior citizens.
Nathan Coflin Chattanooga Housing Authority Case Manager

Meet Kathie

Thank you to Alexian PACE staff from Caregiver (daughter-in-law of Iola):

I can’t believe how much better Iola is doing! The PACE program is wonderful, but so are you and your team. Without your love and persistence, we would continue to be a helpless little threesome.

She very much looks forward to attending. I knew she was starved for attention from friends. Scott and I just weren’t enough physically or emotionally. She needed sooooo much more.

On her good days, she remembers her new friends — staff and clients.  She feels it’s her “job” to make sure nobody is sitting alone or looks sad. She’s found purpose. And she feels a great deal of pride.

She hasn’t lost any more weight, so I’m assuming she enjoys the food, as well as the company.

But, mostly, we are grateful for what you’ve done for me and Scott by caring for Iola. Gone is the guilt over not being able to improve her quality of life. You cannot know what freedom and happiness that brings to all of us.

Thank you and thanks to your team. Please convey our heartfelt thanks to Amy and all the others who helped guide us through the process and who care for Iola every day.

We are truly blessed. You’re making an enormous difference in so many lives.

All the best,
Kathie Fulgham

Meet Gloria

I was living with my son and experiencing seizures when I enrolled in PACE. With  PACE support I was able to move to my own apartment in senior housing after I enrolled. PACE transportation has been extremely beneficial in supporting and maintaining my independence. The drivers are so nice; they take me to the PACE day center and all my specialist appointments in the community.  PACE is like family to me. They care for  my emotional and spiritual health, as well as physical health. 

All the services I receive at PACE include primary care, dental care,  behavioral health therapy, day center recreation,home nurse, transportation, and pre packaged medications delivered to my home. PACE provides a Lifeline, and an occupational therapist evaluated and made small  changes in my home so I am more comfortable and confident living alone. They take me to my neurology appointments, eye appointments, and other appointments tests and procedures. At the day center I enjoy crocheting blankets for hospice. I appreciate the recreational director, who provides all the yarn for the blankets I donate to others. 

From one to ten I give Ascension Living Alexian PACE a twelve. PACE gives me all the TLC I need. My quality of life  has improved 100% since coming to PACE. My seizures are managed, I’m living independently with PACE support, and I've made many friends. Within 6 month PACE staff and participants became my second family.

Ascension Living Alexian PACE has taken care of all my needs. Even during the Covid pandemic when we were in lockdown they continued to take care of all of my needs at home, just like when the PACE center was open, including my meals and everything. 

-Gloria Shadwick, PACE Participant enrolled October 2019
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