Betty Singleton brought up her own seven children in Lynn, the same community where she was born and raised. But after the death of her second husband, she left Lynn and lived with a succession of her grown children in Florida, New Hampshire, and a number of towns in Massachusetts. She didn't feel at home, though, until she moved into an apartment in Lynn and started coming to one of our PACE centers there. Betty no longer has to deal with making her own medical appointments and arranging transportation; with Element Care's PACE program, she gets all her care in one convenient place. Joining PACE has helped Betty maintain her health, and even improved her social life. She's still living independently right where's she's happiest - in her element.
Disabled and needing care, Donald Ross joined our PACE program in 2003. But four years later, when his health deteriorated further, he required in-patient care at a nursing home. While there, Donald became an advocate for his fellow patients and president of their Resident Council. But his goal was to get back to living in his community...and after six years, he was healthy enough to do it. Donald now lives at Harborlight House, an assisted living center in Beverly, and credits Element Care’s Dr. Elisabeth Broderick with making it possible. Today, he receives care at our Cummings PACE Center. Donald enjoys socializing there, belongs to the walking club, and is a champion in our Wii bowling tournaments.
In his native Dominican Republic, Jose Bueno worked as a lawyer and eventually served as a senator. When he was diagnosed with cancer, his children urged him to come to the US for treatment at MGH. With five of his six children living in Lynn, it was natural for Jose to become a citizen and settle here, too. When Jose began to look for an agency that could provide medical care, interpreter services, and transportation, he was referred to our PACE program. Jose wanted to be independent but didn’t speak English or drive, so the PACE model was perfect for his needs. Jose has received care, transportation, and interpreter services through our Friend Street Adult Day Health program for 13 years now. Continuing his commitment to public service, Jose became a member of our Participant Advisory Committee. He calls upon the skills he learned as a public defender to represent his fellow participants and to communicate with them on behalf of the PAC.