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Success Stories

"100 percent pleased with Porchlight. They're pleasant and always on time!"

"100 percent pleased with Porchlight. They're pleasant and always on time!"

Married for 64 years, Peter and Maria Gallerani, of Wilbraham Commons, were simply made for each other. With the support of Porchlight Home Care, they will continue to stay together in their own home. Since Peter, 86, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s D...
"Competent and Compassionate” Rehab by Porchlight VNA

"Competent and Compassionate” Rehab by Porchlight VNA

Sister Kathleen Keating, 83, served as President of the College of Our Lady of the Elms, home of the one of the premier nursing programs in the Northeast. Having excellent relationships with some of the very best clinical professionals in the Pioneer...
"I Couldn't Say Enough About the Care" -Dick Shields, Porchlight Patient

"I Couldn't Say Enough About the Care" -Dick Shields, Porchlight Patient

Richard “Dick” Shields, long-time owner of the family business, Dresser-Hull Company, personifies the essence of the Town of Lee.  In fact, the Lee Chamber of Commerce recently honored him with their Lifetime Service Award for his decades of stewardship and ...
"I would not be able to stay here without Porchlight," says Devonshire Estates resident

"I would not be able to stay here without Porchlight," says Devonshire Estates resident

In July 2012 Basil Henriques fell in his home and broke three vertebrae.  He had a long road to recovery that included a three-week medically-induced coma and rehabilitation stay at Hadley at Elaine Rehab Center . Although his spine was healing and ...

"No One's Going to Stop Me Now!" after Knee-Replacement & Porchlight Rehab

After her first knee replacement two years ago, Donna Daub, 71, of North Adams , was more active than she had ever been. She enjoyed walking, going to the gym, and; most important, she was able to enjoy quality, fun times with her grandchildren....

"Porchlight gives me a sense of security at home."

Living with congestive heart failure (CHF) means you need to constantly monitor your health and follow the right recommendations to avoid flare-ups. With the support of Porchlight VNA, Robert “Bob” Wresien , 70, of Chicopee , is doing just that. In lat...
"Superb" outcome after major throat surgery

"Superb" outcome after major throat surgery

Jim Curtin, 75, of Tyringham , had experienced it before. The soreness inside his mouth six years ago had been biopsied, and the tumor was discovered to be benign. However, when the same feeling returned earlier this summer it was a much different...
“You do have a choice…I would definitely recommend Porchlight”

“You do have a choice…I would definitely recommend Porchlight”

Patricia Fullwood, of Holyoke, underwent surgery in October 2013. Her wound required nursing intervention due to the complexity of the incision. It was evident that Wound VAC therapy would be needed. With extensive experience with this specialized modality, ...
101 and At Home!

101 and At Home!

Alice Traversa is 101 years old! Most people comment that the Lanesboro native does not look a day over 80!  Alice’s youthful energy comes from her enthusiasm for new skills and projects like the wonderful triple-dimensional artwork adorning her ap...
Anterior Hip Surgery & Rehab with Porchlight VNA Makes for Quick Recovery

Anterior Hip Surgery & Rehab with Porchlight VNA Makes for Quick Recovery

When you crush rock for a living you cannot afford to be laid up for very long. Jake Donovan, 63, of Stockbridge , is not the kind of business owner who sits behind a desk and lets others do the hard work. After his discharge from the U.S. Marines in ...
At 106, Still At Home and Going Strong with Porchlight

At 106, Still At Home and Going Strong with Porchlight

At 106, Joe Piechowski, of Chicopee , says one of his simple secrets to longevity is walking everyday. It became part of his routine in his early childhood in Poland during World War I. He built his life in Chicopee with his late wife, Viola, raising...
Back In the Swing of Things with Goal-Oriented Rehab at Home with Porchlight After Knee Surgery by Dr. Mitts

Back In the Swing of Things with Goal-Oriented Rehab at Home with Porchlight After Knee Surgery by Dr. Mitts

Joe Furgal, 74, of Lee , doesn’t miss a chance to enjoy what he loves about living in the beautiful Berkshires.  An active member and former president of the Country Club of Pittsfield, Joe’s passion for golf and tennis has made him a key organizer of ch...
Back on his feet with Porchlight VNA's rehab program

Back on his feet with Porchlight VNA's rehab program

Pat Cassetta, of Westfield, is a self-made man on the move. He has had a rewarding career in the paper industry, owning and partnering in several successful ventures. Today, he continues to work out of his home where he loves tending his garden of tomatoes...
Back to his active routine after a hip replacement and rehab at home with Porchlight VNA

Back to his active routine after a hip replacement and rehab at home with Porchlight VNA

Berkshire County’s retired Chief Court Officer, Frank “Chico” Martin , suffered from chronic arthritic pain in his hip which put a damper on an extraordinarily active life. Since retiring five years ago rigorous exercise has been a core part of Chico...
He Did His Research: Dr. Tomford at Mass General for Hip Surgery, Porchlight for Rehab

He Did His Research: Dr. Tomford at Mass General for Hip Surgery, Porchlight for Rehab

Steve Blanchard, 72, of Stockbridge  is a rare breed. Most people who undergo surgery prefer anesthesia and personify the attitude of “wake me when it’s over!”  Not Mr. Blanchard. On April 2, 2013 Mr. Blanchard underwent a full hip replacement perform...
Home...A Most Cherished Place

Home...A Most Cherished Place

Anna Vincent, 95, has lived in her lakeside home in Pittsfield for more than 65 years. This home holds a lifetime of memories for her and her family. Over time Anna’s eyesight has deteriorated. She is now legally blind and has difficulty with every d...

Keeping Their Promise with the Support of Porchlight

Austin Leibenow, 74, knows great care when he sees it. He should. For more than 13 years he worked himself as a certified nursing assistant in the long-term care setting.   A diabetic, Mr. Leibenow retired in 1997 because of his health challenges. O...
Mother and Baby "At Ease" at Home with the Support of Porchlight's Maternal/Child Program

Mother and Baby "At Ease" at Home with the Support of Porchlight's Maternal/Child Program

It is not the way a new mother imagines welcoming a first child into the world. But, with exceptional, professional medical care in the hospital and with Porchlight VNA  services at home – Jennifer Krause, 38,  and her husband, Ryan Brown, have a lit...
Personalized Care to Maintain Independence

Personalized Care to Maintain Independence

After being electrocuted in a work-related accident in 1994 David Devane, of Becket, has lived with limitations that range from long-term and short-term memory loss to epileptic seizures. After an early retirement from Boston Edison due to his health...
Porchlight “Has Done Wonders for Me” to Prevent Another Fall

Porchlight “Has Done Wonders for Me” to Prevent Another Fall

Joan Krupa, 81, of Westfield has lived in her home for more than 62 years. She raised five children with her husband, while working full-time for 25 years at Noble Hospital. Family is everything. With eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren...
Porchlight Allows Her to Stay in Her Home and Enjoy Life!

Porchlight Allows Her to Stay in Her Home and Enjoy Life!

Geaneve Herzog has lived in her Pittsfield home for nearly 60 years and does not plan to move anytime soon. At 87, she still keeps up with a thriving vegetable garden that produces squash, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. She...
Porchlight Continues to Guide the Way for the Abbott Family

Porchlight Continues to Guide the Way for the Abbott Family

As Jacqueline (Jackie) Abbott, 79, of Lee, describes it she has “nine lives.” In the past two decades she has undergone major procedures for a myriad of medical conditions ranging from congestive heart failure, arthritis in her knees and hip, and mos...
Porchlight has "enhanced my quality of life"

Porchlight has "enhanced my quality of life"

Ann Gaylord, 69, of Pittsfield , has had more than her share of health challenges.  Over the years, fibromyalgia and severe arthritis have led to surgeries to replace her knees, shoulders, spine and even her jaw.  Ann loves to attend activities at t...
Porchlight Was There for Her Again: "I Wouldn't Go with Anyone Else."

Porchlight Was There for Her Again: "I Wouldn't Go with Anyone Else."

If anyone knows something about true care and compassion, it is Mavis Beam, 85, of Lee . A Boston native, she served as a teacher’s aide in Jamaica Plain where she worked hands-on with students with severe physical and mental challenges. She never mis...
Porchlight's Nurse Practitioner Program: "Compassion makes all the difference"

Porchlight's Nurse Practitioner Program: "Compassion makes all the difference"

“Compassion makes all the difference,” says Barbara Tracy, Porchlight Home Care Nurse Practitioner (NP).  As a part of Porchlight's NP Program, Barbara is able to help homebound patients with chronic conditions and disabilities allowing them to stay...
Ready to Celebrate a Special Anniversary after Rehab with Porchlight

Ready to Celebrate a Special Anniversary after Rehab with Porchlight

Case Study If you live in Chicopee, there is a good chance you know the name Ernest “Ernie” Laflamme. He retired in 2013 as the city treasurer after nearly 50 years, leaving an indelible imprint on his community. Now 84, Ernie said he knew it was...
Staying independent at Devonshire Estates with Porchlight

Staying independent at Devonshire Estates with Porchlight

Julie Martino is one classy lady!  She has lived a life full of rich experiences from working for decades at the world renowned Austin Riggs Center in Stockbridge, sitting for the iconic Norman Rockwell or dressing fashionably and going ballroom ...
There’s No Better Place for Your Rehabilitation and Recovery Than at Home

There’s No Better Place for Your Rehabilitation and Recovery Than at Home

For Judy Cote, of West Springfield, it has been ten years of putting off surgery and tolerating increasing pain from arthritis in her left knee. The pain had dramatically limited her physical abilities. In recent years, she has had to stop the activities...
You have to have confidence in who's providing your care

You have to have confidence in who's providing your care

Dorothy “Dottie” Griffin, a life-long Springfield resident, has spent more than half of her 93 years in the home where she lives today. After she retired from her administrative role in the insurance industry, Dottie immersed herself into volunteering. For...