Mercy LIFE-West Philadelphia, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), recently held a special award presentation to honor an exceptional caregiver of a program participant. In recognition for her love, compassion and sacrifice, Ann Roe, of Philadelphia, was presented with the Devoted Caregiver Award as the primary caregiver for her former neighbor, Montier Lawrence, a participant at Mercy LIFE.
“We do everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of our members, whether they are at home or in our direct care at the center,” said Carol Quinn, CEO of Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE-West Philadelphia. “Our caregivers are a vital part of this program. This award is just one way we recognize someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty, and that is very evident in the case of Mrs. Roe who, as a neighbor, has stepped into the caregiver role for Mrs. Lawrence very selflessly.”
Ali Gorman, RN, the health and medical reporter for the local 6ABC News, presented Roe with the award during a ceremony attended by Mercy LIFE staff, leaders, program participants and special guests, including Susan Croushore, president of Mercy Health System; Kelly Hopkins, president of Trinity Health PACE; and John Capasso, executive vice president of the Continuing Care Group.
When Roe discovered nearly 10 years ago that her long-time neighbor could no longer afford heat and the upkeep of her house, she invited Lawrence to move in with her. Since then, Roe, 71, has cared for Lawrence, 96, when she is not at the Mercy LIFE-West Philadelphia Adult Day Center.
“She treats her like family,” said Nicole Blackwood, NP, who nominated Roe for the award. “She isn’t obligated to spend countless hours caring for her; she does so out of love.”
“Before Miss Montier came to live with me, I used to call her or stop by her home every night to make sure she was okay,” said Roe. “One cold night – I remember it was right before Thanksgiving – I called and asked her what she was doing. She said she was standing by the stove for warmth because she couldn’t afford the heat anymore. I hung up the phone and called her next-door neighbor to have her bring Miss Montier to my house. She’s been here ever since. My four sons and I have made her part of our family.”
Mercy LIFE-West Philadelphia, in affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, is a member of Trinity Health PACE. Mercy LIFE-West Philadelphia provides comprehensive medical, health, recreational and social services that are designed specifically for each person to promote independence at home. The program serves seniors in West Philadelphia and three areas in Delaware County. Trinity Health PACE has programs in Alabama, Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.