After a major stroke, Perry’s brother Wendell didn’t know where to turn. He and his family tried to help, but it was overwhelming. They were relieved when Perry was eligible for PACE Michigan’s one-stop, all-inclusive care. Sports were always a big part of Perry’s life before his stroke. Within a short time with PACE, Perry started physical therapy and regained some of the strength he had lost with his stroke.
After living 5 years in his apartment, PACE knew Perry needed a higher level of help. PACE worked with Perry and his family to move him into assisted living. Wendell shared “the transition was fine and went well. Perry is doing a lot better since the move. He's not sleeping as much, he's more active and benefiting from being around others.” Perry continues his journey in his new home with his family and PACE oversight.
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.”
Only 6 months after PACE enrollment, Peggy had higher self-esteem. With daily visits to the PACE Day Center, she had options to visit with friends and her anxiety had decreased. If you’re looking for her at PACE, stop into the sunroom and the puzzle table, as she reveals “your best bet is that I’ll be there.” She loves puzzles, but cannot do them at home, due to all of their animals. She lights up when she shares that “I love everything about PACE. Having my medication and doctor visits all paid for is great. PACE is the best thing that ever happened to me.”
As a caregiver who works from home, I have felt tremendous guilt over not being able to spend as much quality time with her as I would like. Additionally getting her to and from doctor appointments was a huge challenge for me, as I have limited family support to help with her. I absolutely love and appreciate that all of her medical needs are taken care of right there at PACE, her medications are delivered promptly to our home, and she gets regular interventions with a nurse and social worker. BTW…she adores Dr. Dudley!
I want you to share with the PACE team how much we appreciate the loving care that they give her. From the bus driver to the home health aide, she feels special every single time she interacts with one of you! She said the other day that she was really surprised that everyone already knows her name by heart!!
Thank you again for treating my mother like she’s the only person you care for! I am so grateful for PACE and how it has changed our lives for the better."
-Loraine Travis, Daughter of Participant Darlene.