Linda says enrolling in St. Paul’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is the best thing she has ever done.
“St. Paul’s PACE changes your life; It changed mine,” Linda testified.
“I didn’t know how much longer I could live in the hell hole I was living in. I was there for three and a half years. St. Paul’s PACE kept trying to get me out, but I have a dog. I wouldn’t leave him.”
Linda had lost four members of her family in the three years prior and her dog was her only companion. She was staying in a place that had rats and bugs, and she says most people there were doing drugs, and drinking.
She was in a wheelchair at the time because the pain in her hip and leg was so excruciating that she couldn’t bear to walk. She recalls having to go outside and halfway around the building on a poorly cared for path just to use the restroom. She felt hopeless.
“I was really depressed; I lost five or six pounds a week,” Linda explained, adding that she kept going for the sake of her dog.
“If it wasn’t for St. Paul’s PACE and my dog, I don’t know what would have happened to me. St. Paul’s PACE saved my life.”
Linda heard about the program through her late husband’s mother who had been a St. Paul’s PACE participant when she was alive. Linda walked by the St. Paul’s PACE building in Downtown San Diego, CA, got a card, and called. St. Paul’s PACE was able to find a nice living environment for Linda and her dog, and provide Linda with the medical care she so desperately needed.
“I feel like I have something to live for now – Myself,” Linda exclaims. “I was very depressed before. St. Paul’s PACE got me out of that.”
“When I got to St. Paul’s PACE I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t get most medications that I needed. St. Paul’s PACE medical care has helped me. They even make my appointments for outside doctors, and they got me a walker and an apartment. No more bugs and drugs. I call it my little presidential suite – I even have a bathroom!”
“St. Paul’s PACE helps me,” Linda smiles. “They wash my clothes cause I can’t see the washers. I am legally blind, but I get around.”
“Everyone at St. Paul’s PACE is so nice, all the workers, the CNAs, the doctors – everyone! And I have friends here.”
If you, or someone you know, would benefit from St. Paul’s PACE, please contact us.