InnovAge PACE Testimonials
Shirley and John Cleveland
Shirley and John Cleveland celebrated their 63rd anniversary by renewing their marriage vows in a special ceremony with three other couples at the InnovAge PACE Lakewood Center. Shirley comes to the center three days a week for healthcare services, including occupational therapy, acupuncture, and physical therapy. This gives John, who is Shirley's full-time caregiver, the help and respite he needs, as well as peace of mind knowing that Shirley is enjoying the best quality of life possible. Shirley and John spend a lot of time together at the Lakewood Center socializing with other participants, and PACE also assists Shirley with personal care and housekeeping in their home. Thanks to coordinated healthcare, in-home care and support services, Shirley and John can continue to age independently and celebrate all of life's milestones.
After being rejected as a Medicare/Medicaid patient by several doctors' offices in Pueblo, CO, Betty Polunci was referred to InnovAge PACE by a sympathetic social worker. Betty gratefully joined the Pueblo program after learning that a doctor would be on premises at the Pueblo Center, and that transportation to and from the center, as well as home care, would also be part of her care plan. Says Betty of her twice-weekly visits to the Pueblo Center, "I receive excellent care-physical, mental and emotional. Every person employed there has been caring, considerate, gentle, knowledgeable and sincere in helping each and every participant who enters. I feel blessed that I could be part of this enterprise."
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Caring for an aging loved one or family member can be a challenge. For Karla Romero it was her inspiration that ultimately led her to a career as a caregiver for InnovAge Home Care.
A Pueblo native, Karla comes from a close-knit family. For more than six years while in her early 30s, she took care of her grandmother, whom she affectionately referred to as "Nana," until Nana passed away at the age of 99. While this experience certainly came with its challenges, Karla saw her role as an honor and it gave her the inspiration to pursue a career in the field of in-home care.
Driven by Nana's inspiration and her own passion, Karla's dedication and enthusiasm truly shines through in every aspect of her life and work. As a caregiver with InnovAge Home Care, she travels from home to home to care for seniors. For the first few years of her career, she did this all without a car. Her main mode of transportation was the city bus, her trusty bike and her own two feet. It wasn't long until she was a regular face on the bike and bus routes. She befriended everyone from the bus drivers to passengers, sharing her work for InnovAge Home Care and her mission to care for the aging along the way. Today, with the help of friends who were inspired by her dedication to seniors, she has a car and about 10 to 12 regular InnovAge clients, who all rave about her and rely on her.
She lends a helping hand to her clients by cleaning, running errands and, more than anything, providing them with much needed companionship. According to Joseph Aragon, one of Karla's longstanding clients, she is a lifesaver. Karla comes to Joseph's home once a week to clean, do laundry and run errands.
"Without Karla, I really don't know how long I would be able to live on my own," said Joseph. "She is wonderful and because of her I can stay right here in my home."