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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