Natalie enrolled in PACE in 2017, allowing her to live at home safely with PACE services and her husband. In February of 2020 Natalie's husband passed away just as COVID-19 struck. She enjoyed many wonderful PACE Staff and living arrangements.
During COVID, Natalie’s memory and overall health declined. With closed borders to non-essential travel it was impossible for Natalie's family to travel from Canada despite many attempts. With PACE’s oversight, and critical notification to her family, one son traveled to the border and on compassionate grounds was allowed to visit her in Michigan.
The most critical piece of this story happened when Natalie was at the end of life stage. She had limited time. Her wish to return to Nova Scotia, Canada and be with her family seemed hopeless with the closed borders. Thanks to preparations and support from PACE staff, her son who was allowed to cross, loaded Natalie and her belongings in his car and left the assisted living in Flushing, MI for the border.
A month later, we received the following email: "Dearest US friends, this tremendous journey allowed Natalie’s brother, 3 of her sons, a daughter-in-law, a granddaughter and 2 grandsons to see her once again in her home province and just down the road from her birthplace and homestead. We enjoyed laughter, stories, smiles, her "dancing from the waist up" and so much more.
There is an angel, Luan! She has been our mother's PACE Social Worker for many years. She has seen her through so many challenges and always, always treated her like her own mother. I have no better way to describe her kindness, caring, loving way with our mother. None of this would be at all possible or enjoyed without her complete dedication to her profession and our mother's well-being. We all will be forever grateful and indebted to Luan!
It's in the wee hours of the morning as I write this looking at mother, so peaceful and at rest. A blessing that I'll never forget. As I was finishing this email, Natalie took her last breath and peacefully went with God.”