Living Independently For Elders (LIFE)
Aging in place promotes well-being and independence
Since 1998, Penn Nursing’s Living Independently For Elders (LIFE) program has provided community-based, all-inclusive healthcare services to help frail seniors, who would otherwise need nursing home care, lead independent, healthy lives in their own West and Southwest Philadelphia and Delaware County communities.
Designated a Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Penn LIFE is recognized as a long term care organization with positive practice environments where nurses excel.
Opportunities for students and researchers
This nurse-practitioner based program delivers care in the local community and learning opportunities for Penn Nursing students and researchers:
- Students learn about and engage in an interdisciplinary practice of care with a diverse patient population
- The LIFE program engages more than 400 students each year from many
- Researchers gain rich sources of data that deepen the understanding of the needs of the senior population
- Data informs healthcare program and policy development
Funded by Medicare and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare, LIFE is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and the only program in the nation owned and operated by a school of nursing. It is designated a Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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