WOWT 6 News
May 29, 2015
The process of aging can be a difficult issue for families to deal with, particularly when it comes to living arrangements. One company provides a great alternative to assisted living.
Judith Hansen moved to an apartment complex 18 months ago. “It has worked out good. God has a plan for me”
At 75, she gets around better than most her age. That was a big reason for choosing to live in an apartment, instead of a senior center.
“If you’ve been independent most of your life it’s hard to let go.” But, also like most people her age, she needs a little help.
“That’s where PACE comes in. It helps you stay where you are.”
PACE stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. Judith gets that support from Immanuel Pathways.
“It really is a comprehensive way to manage frail elderly folks that would normally be in the nursing home setting but to do that outside the nursing home setting,” said PACE Dr. Mark Wiles.
“I don’t have to worry about getting back and forth to appointments. They take you there. They give you support; spiritually, mentally, physically,” Judith said.
Right now, she needs the physical support. With no vehicle, Judith needs help getting to the facility for bi-weekly physical therapy sessions.
“It has meant so much to me and it’s part of being independent. knowing that I’m in a program that’s going to help take care of me and I don’t have to rely on my kids who work to try and work around their schedule for me.”
For now, Immanuel Pathways has eased Judith’s fear of losing her independence. At the same time, it’s helped her loved ones keep theirs.
“It’s such a great program. I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to belong to it. ”
Seniors do have to be 55 years or older to qualify for the “PACE Program”.