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September 30, 2016

Concord family to join in Walk for Hospice
Concord Journal


Lynn and her father Donald "Ace" Adams

The Adams family of Concord will be participating in Care Dimensions annual Walk for Hospice, this Sunday, Oct. 2, in honor of their father, Don “Ace” Adams, who passed away in 2015.

Ace’s daughter Lynn said family members want to spread awareness about the important services hospice provides and she has advice for anyone caring for a seriously ill loved one: “If you’re offered hospice care, take it! They are a great help and helped us to keep dad home where he wanted to be, a decision we will never regret.”

Adams loved listening to Sunday morning Jazz, going to flea markets, and following the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. A Concord native, he worked for many years as a heavy machine operator and bus driver in Acton and spent his free time with family and friends watching Red Sox games, grilling, listening to music and playing cribbage and dice.

Even while he was struggling with advanced kidney disease and dementia, he loved to see his family and friends.

His daughter Heather said she was surprised when his physician suggested hospice care. “I thought hospice was strictly for cancer patients and only available at the very end of life,” she said.

Once Ace started on hospice, his daughter Lynn immediately noticed the benefits for both her father and their family. “We didn’t have to worry about dad once Care Dimensions stepped in. Simple things like having his prescriptions filled and delivered to the door really helped. Dad enjoyed his hospice team and often said his hospice aides had him ’smelling like a baby.’ They kept him comfortable and clean, and were a godsend.”

As the one-year anniversary of his passing approaches, Lynn and her family are honoring his memory by forming “Papi’s Peeps,” a team that will participate in the Care Dimensions Walk. Their team name hails from Ace’s love for the Red Sox. “We stated calling Dad “Papi” after Big Papi, David Ortiz. “It made him laugh,” said Lynn.

Care Dimensions Walk for Hospice takes place Oct. 2 at St. John’s Preparatory School, 72 Spring St., Danvers. People of all ages are welcome to participate in either the 3-mile walk or a shorter route, if they prefer. Proceeds from the walk help fund services not covered by insurance, including pediatric hospice, compassionate care for the uninsured and underinsured, grief counseling, complementary therapies, volunteer training, palliative care and much more. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine. To establish a team or support a current team, visit www.caredimensions.org/walk.

 

 


Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.