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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.

LIFE-Pathways-Logo.png 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 different disciplines
  • 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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