Donald “Ace” Adams was a man who knew what he liked. He loved listening to Sunday morning Jazz, going to flea markets, and following the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
A Concord native, Ace, as he was called by many, 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, Ace loved to see his family and friends.
Ace’s daughter, Heather, 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 recalled.
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 Ace’s 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 for Hospice in Danvers. Their team name hails from Ace’s love for the Red Sox. “We started calling Dad ‘Papi’ after Big Papi, David Ortiz. It made him laugh,” said Lynn.
As the family prepares for the Walk for Hospice, Lynn has advice for anyone caring for a seriously ill loved one: “If you’re offered hospice care, take it! They helped us to keep Dad home where he wanted to be, a decision we will never regret.”