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.