Connect, Create, Contribute

May is Older Americans Month. In honor of this, the Administration for Community Living has made their theme 2019 Connect, Create, Contribute, encouraging older adults to live active, thriving lives, and asking loved ones to participate in their success. Alexian PACE would like to share with you how we strive to bring this vision to life for all the adults we serve, not just this month, but all throughout the year!


Connect


One of the primary functions of our program is to care for the hearts of older adults living at home by connecting them with community. We do this in a number of ways, beginning with our staff: members of PACE are brought into a compassionate family of care, and have access to a team which includes medical professionals, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers, and more.

Some of our other resources for connection include:


Day Centers: PACE has three day centers for our participants to enjoy. Here our staff host special events, games, activities and provide healthy meals. These are fun opportunities for our participants to connect with their community and form new friendships.


Transportation: Transportation is a key piece of what PACE has to offer. Drivers not only provide transport to and from medical appointments and our day centers, but they develop a personal relationship with the adults they serve.


Home healthcare: Our caregivers and nurses that make home visits do far more than offering medical assistance and help around the house: they invest in the lives of the families they serve, and become part of their community.



Create


Our staff at Alexian PACE also cares deeply about engaging the minds of our participants, to promote quality of life and personal enrichment. We take a holistic approach which includes:


Memory care: We provide a memory care unit on our campus which offers specialized nursing and personal care for individuals who need assistance in this capacity. Memory care has been shown to improve quality of life in many ways, from reducing fall risks to maintaining vital and loving relationships.  Memory care also promotes peaceful and meaningful engagement for those who need a calming environment and compassionate caregivers.


Events and opportunities to create: From gardening, live music, Tai Chi, crafting and special outings, we love to provide an atmosphere that fosters creation, inspiration and ongoing education. Engaging the mind’s creativity helps to form new neural pathways, which is effective for promoting brain health, memory and mental agility. Our desire is to enhance the lives of our participants in all directions by providing opportunities to grow and engage their passions.


Contribute


The team at PACE believes that our participants are full of valuable life experiences, talents and wisdom. By caring for their physical health, we hope to support them in using these gifts to benefit and enrich their families and communities. Some of our physical care programs include:


Healthcare: At our day centers, participants can build strength and maintain health through the care of our occupational and physical therapists, dieticians who support their nutritional needs, and other medical professionals who monitor their care. Our rehab team partners with PACE participants to promote safety by preventing falls and maximizing physical function.  We also coordinate all specialist appointments as a part of the comprehensive PACE model of care.


Personal care: Our focus on caring for the physical needs of our participants is not limited to medical concerns. A beauty shop is available at our center, and home care aides help folks with bathing, dressing and feeling outwardly prepared for their day.


Onsite pharmacy: Staying on top of medications is incredibly important for long and short-term health. We provide and deliver all prescriptions and over the counter medications that are needed.


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By caring for the hearts, minds and bodies of the adults we serve, our team seeks to honor and acknowledge all aspects of our members' lives as important and valuable. For more information about Older Americans Month, please visit acl.gov.


Advice from a Tree

December 11th, 2018

Advice from a Tree

What nature teaches us about life

As fall turns toward winter, it can be difficult to embrace change or capture glimpses of beauty in the midst of loss.  The same leaves that were glorious in colors just weeks ago, have now withered and the branches are bare.  Likewise the changing seasons might remind us of the changes in our aging loved ones as they face having to stop driving, experience a fall with injuries, or have to move in with a daughter for extra care and support.  The beauty of family relationships can become strained when dementia causes changes in behavior or mood or physical function.  When we have difficulty coping with change and adjusting to new kinds of normal, let's look to the trees for some words of wisdom.  May this poem bring insight and fresh perspective for you in this season.  

Advice From A Tree

--by Ilan Shamir (Sep 25, 2017)


Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!


It Takes a Village

August 31st, 2018


Have you ever heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child"?  We often think of how much support we need from our parents, grandparents, mentors, friends, and faith communities when we consider all the complex layers of caring for our children from the moment they come home from the hospital to the moment they leave for college.  But when it comes to caring for an aging loved one with multiple medical problems, there is not always a village available to help.  In some circumstances, everyone around you is in the same boat trying to juggle work, family, and life stressors all while caring for an older adult.  Other times, you may hear often. "Just call me if you need anything," but don't want to be a "burden" or don't even know what to ask for or what might help.  

There are times in life when the weight of stress and responsibilities are far more than one person could handle alone, and trying to shoulder that boulder alone can be absolutely crushing.  It's moments like this when it would be amazing for that weight to be lifted by a village of folks who come alongside you to lighten the load and help you carry on.  This is what PACE does best.  

Our team is here to help.  We often meet people when they are at the end of their rope and ready to throw in the towel to total burnout.  

It's amazing for caregivers to see they are not alone any more because... 

There is a homecare aide who will come help bathe and dress your loved one to get ready for the day.

There is a driver who will provide door to door service and bring your loved one to the center.

There are three adult day centers (one of which is a memory care unit) fully staffed with activity and CNA professionals to provide personal care and socialization so that caregivers can get a break during the day.

There is a nutritionist who ensures your loved one receives optimal nutrition for their unique dietary needs.

There is a social worker to call and help navigate the road ahead.

There is a nurse who can answer questions and provide medication instruction.

There is a doctor who specializes in geriatric medicine and will care for your loved one with dignity and respect.

There is a rehab team to promote safety in efforts to prevent falls and maximize function and quality of life.

There is an onsite pharmacy where all prescription and over the counter medication your loved one needs will be filled and delivered to your home with no copays or out-of-pocket expenses. 

There are scheduling coordinators who manage all the appointments for your loved one to see the specialists for all their head-to-toe unique conditions with transportation and appointment reminder calls.

There is a Chaplain who offers church services and Bible study at the center along with spiritual support for you and your loved one

PACE model is most successful in partnership with families who want to continue to care for their loved ones at home but need a village of support to surround and sustain them.  

We would love to be your village!

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