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21 InnovativeHealthMag.com telephone call,” says Audrey. “Soon they did a site visit and comprehensive interview with Mémére so they completely understood her condition and needs. They were wonderful and guided us through the entire process.” Marion began attending Hope PACE twice a week, “but over the past four years with some changes in our lives Mémére now goes Monday through Thursday.” Marion enjoys bingo, live entertainment, exercise class, movies, and music. “She loves the music so much that occasionally she puts her walker aside and dances to the beat,” smiles Audrey. She has wonderful friends, and proudly displays the colorful wide-brimmed for John and I there was no option. Quite simply, Hope PACE was our salvation.” While much of Marion’s health care needs are met at the Care Center, Hope PACE provides care anywhere the participant calls home. Audrey explains: “When Mémére is ill, their medical staff sees her in our home rather than us taking her to the center. The program delivers medication directly to our home, including undergarments. They have 24- hour nursing assistance, and she wears a Lifeline necklace in case she falls. Hope PACE provides medical equipment including a wheelchair, walker, cane, and metal bars for her shower safety.” A comprehensive team of professionals provides care for Hope PACE participants. “Every six months doctors, nurses, physical therapists, podiatrists, occupational therapists, and social workers assess her health and safety needs,” says Audrey. “If a situation changes, the care team is right there to help in the best way possible to provide Mémére a greater quality of life. They make everything so easy.” When it comes to caregiving, easy is a relative term. It is important for family caregivers to receive tender loving care, too. According to Audrey, one of the most important gifts provided by Hope PACE is more personal time. “Hope PACE personnel come here so Mémére is in her own home. When they are here, we go out on a date night to enjoy time alone and unwind.” Owing to her religious training, Mémére spent her life offering people a heartfelt blessing, including the sign of the cross on their forehead. Audrey estimates that Marion must have blessed everyone at one time or another in her long life. “Now those blessings return to her, and Hope PACE is one of those blessings.” Hope PACE provides care throughout Southwest Florida in Charlotte, Collier, and Lee Counties. To speak with a counselor or schedule a tour of one of the five Hope PACE Care Centers, call 800-835-1673. For more information visit HopePACE.org. hat she wore to the recent Kentucky Derby Party. “Hope PACE is a Godsend to John and myself, as well as for Mémére. Every aspect of it is unbelievable.” While Marion is at the Hope PACE Care Center, Audrey can tend to her family’s needs without worrying about her mother’s safety. “Hope PACE makes a huge difference in major care for Mémére,” states Audrey. “But the little things mean as much. Running to the store for a handful of items sounds easy, but we can’t leave her home alone so she has to go. But it’s not easy to get a 96-year-old with her walker into the pickup truck and then the store. I can take her wheelchair but pushing that and a grocery cart down those isles is exhausting for both of us. The simplest things become major productions.” When John underwent a recent hospitalization, the program provided much needed support. “Hope PACE arranged for Mémére to enter a temporary nursing facility so I could be with my husband when he needed me. We have no other family in Florida so I


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