TESTIMONIALS

Faces of Pace

Carroll Barksdale

Carroll Barksdale

Date of enrollment: 6-1-12

I am now 72 years old and live in the community on my own. I came into PACE 6 years ago. I’ve had some health set backs like a hip replacement, loss of a toe affecting my balance and then a fractured ankle last year. I learned of PACE through a nurse at the rehabilitation facility and thought that it might be good for me. I’m glad I agreed to look into how PACE could help me.

I have an aide help me with showering, laundry and some light housekeeping. I love the activities here at PACE like bingo and the outings. The socialization here is very important to me. There is always something fun happening. I hope to go on the State Fair outing this year. I give PACE credit for how well I’m doing. It’s a good program.

Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown

Date of enrollment: 11-1-16

Let me start off by first saying I love PACE; it’s a beautiful program. They appreciate me and I appreciate them.

I joined PACE 2 years ago. I had a stroke in 2015 that has affected my right side. Walking was very hard and I was falling. I was in Van Dyne for rehabilitation and heard of the PACE program. I am doing much better. PACE has given me some equipment that has really helped like my lifeline button, walker, leg braces and a raised toilet seat. I also have an aide to help with some personal care.

I’m 59 years old and I live in my own home with my dog Cookie who is a 9 year old Chihuahua and I tease that he acts like a pit bull. I come into the Day Center 4 days a week. If I were asked to describe myself I’d say I am a person who likes to have fun and talk with people, which I sure can do with the nice people here. The activities are great too. Bingo is my favorite, along with arts and crafts and the Morning News. The PACE program is very good and helpful for me.

John Ecklar

John Ecklar

Date of enrollment: 5-1-17

Linda Ecklar

Date of enrollment: 1-1-17

My husband John and I have both really benefited from PACE. Before we moved here I had a string of unfortunate health problems and also had no health insurance. I became very weak, depressed and ended up needing a wheelchair. Things just weren’t going right for us.

Then when we finally moved to Brewerton, over 2 years ago, my daughter-in-law was familiar with the PACE program and encouraged me to consider joining the program. I’m glad I considered it. It was the best decision and has really improved my life. I have never felt so good.

The clinic monitors my health quite closely. I work very hard in physical therapy and in occupational therapy and now can walk without any assistance. I am feeling so much happier and think of PACE as ‘my happy place’. I really enjoy my girlfriends here and look forward to coming into the Day Center. I participate in the Walking Club and the Be Well Group.

My wife Linda has really turned her life around through PACE. It is so nice to see her smiling more. I joined PACE about six months after Linda. I also work with the physical therapists on my walking and am much stronger. I like doing the activities with the Men’s Club and the conversation at the men’s table. This afternoon, for example, the classic cars are coming to the Day Center for us to see.

John is 72yo and I am 66y. We live in our own house with the assist of a home health aide who helps us with showering. We are out of the house on a regular basis now and we both have many friends at the Day Center. The PACE program has really enriched our lives and made us stronger together as a couple. We look forward to the years ahead of us with PACE by our side.

Debra Meade

Debra Meade

Date of enrollment: 4-1-18

I no longer have ‘alone time’. I always worked in retail and love being with people. I am 62 years old and have been a diabetic for 25 years and on dialysis for 11 years. The PACE program was suggested to me at a dialysis meeting not long ago and it was certainly the right decision. I live in the community with one of my sons and his family.

PACE has done so much for my family and me in just these first 5 months. I have no worries about my health now with the clinic. A nurse comes to prepour my pills and an aide helps me a shower. The PACE transportation is very important to me. I now get to my medical appointments like my dialysis on time. I enjoy the drivers. They are very good.

The activities here keep me busy. I especially enjoy trivia, bingo, name that tune, the music and pet therapy. I also like the outings. I’ve been on one and hope to do more. The biggest plus for me though is just “being with other people”.

Jean Audrey Nock

Jean Audrey Nock

Date of enrollment: 6-1-16

I had a stroke about 2 years ago when I was 85 years old. My daughter heard how wonderful the PACE program was, we looked into it and I can say that I completely agree. I have been with PACE 2 years now and it is wonderful. I have an aide who helps me with my medications and some personal care. The biggest benefit of the PACE program for me is that it has brought peace and joy to my life. I love to play the piano and do so in the Day Center monthly for everyone and also in the Maltas next door where I live. I also play in special events like the Christmas Program. To me “music is the speech of angels” and brings me great satisfaction. In my spare time I enjoy making prayer bookmarks and sharing them with others. With the PACE program I am able to live independently knowing that I’m supported by the whole PACE team, those I see and those behind the scenes.

Donald Stray

Donald Stray

Date of enrollment: 8-1-17

I’m proud to say I am nearly 89 years old and with my wife, who passed away 1 ½ years ago, have had a very fully rewarding life. I was a clown in the Shriner Circus for 45 years. My wife and I were very active in many, many community organizations whose aim was to help others. I’ve known of PACE for a long time, but have only just joined the program a few months ago. I now live in the Bernadine Apartments and it was through a financial contact there, I was encouraged to look into PACE. I had polio when I was 6 months old and all my life have had some ambulation challenges. PACE has provided me with a new wheelchair and new crutches. I also have an aide assist me with personal care. I know that if there is something I need PACE is there for me. Everything about the program is great. What is especially important to me is the opportunity I have to interact with people. I love to bring happiness and smiles to others. I have never been a quitter and like to share some of my life stories with others and hear theirs. My goal in life is to be happy and do what God wants me to do.

Diane Schmidt

Diane Schmidt

Date of enrollment: 4-1-18

My sister Diane is 75 years old and lives alone in a senior housing building. She was diagnosed with dementia 1½ years ago. I was worried about the changes in her cognition and her social isolation. I was also concerned about her ability to continue living independently and called the PACE program for assistance. Every person we met through the intake process was kind and compassionate.

Diane started at the Day Center Program 3 1/2 months ago, and attends 4 days a week. She also has an aide once a week to assist with laundry and light housekeeping. This has been so helpful.

The benefits of enrolling in the PACE program were immediately apparent. All of her medical care is provided at the adjacent health center and her medical team is wonderful. Diane enjoys the program, especially the therapy dog visits, the music, entertainment and bingo. Her favorite activity is going on the day trips. And she says the lunches are delicious!

I feel tremendous relief that she is attending and enjoying the PACE program. I feel I can relinquish some of the caretaker duties, and devote more time to just being her sister. I also feel comfortable knowing what services are available with PACE as her illness progresses.

The program and staff are great. Without exception every person we’ve met there has been kind, caring and professional.