Living Independently For Elders (LIFE)
Remaining Part of the Community
Modeled after the national Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) plan, the mission of Living Independently For Elders (LIFE) is to advance a unique, interdisciplinary system of all-inclusive healthcare for frail seniors in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Funded by Medicare and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare, LIFE offers these seniors, faced with probable nursing home placement, the choice to instead remain in their community, live in their homes, and receive care in the LIFE center, housed at 4508 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139.
LIFE Expands Service and Gains Recognition
Since 1998 Penn LIFE has served senior citizens in West and Southwest Philadelphia, and as of 2013, now also accepts qualified older members of the Yeadon, Lansdowne, Upper Darby, and Havertown communities in nearby Delaware County, Pa. Penn's LIFE program remains the first and only one in the nation to be owned and operated by a school of nursing. This exemplar of academic nursing practice provides direct care to patients, learning opportunities for students, and rich sources of data for researchers studying a range of health concerns. Penn LIFE is the first program of its kind in the U.S. to earn the Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care designation.