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Gov. Wolf announces expansion of the LIFE program on the shoulders of LIFE Pittsburgh (and other LIFE orgs.) keeping aging adults healthy and in their homes

Senior man giving piggyback ride to a womanWolf Administration Announces Expansion of Long-Term Care Program Helping Seniors Live in their Homes and Communities

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced a 14-county expansion of the Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) program, a long-term care program that helps seniors live in their home and coordinates their health and personal needs. Through this expansion, LIFE programs, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Human Services (DHS), will be established in Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Elk, Fulton, Jefferson, Monroe, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wayne Counties.

“All Pennsylvanians deserve to age in place in their community with family and peers as they are able. LIFE programs around Pennsylvania help make this possible,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “We are pleased to be able to bring the LIFE program to more Pennsylvanians around the commonwealth.”

Many older Pennsylvanians wish to continue living in their homes and their communities for as long as economically and medically feasible; and Pennsylvania’s LIFE program enables participants to stay out of nursing homes and remain in their own homes and communities and live happier, more productive, and more fulfilling lives.

“This LIFE expansion will give seniors and their loved ones what we know they want — the opportunity to get the care they need without being separated from the community and family they’ve grown comfortable with,” said Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres. “Social isolation remains an enormous concern for the aging population, so having this long-term care option made more accessible in 14 counties will benefit many Pennsylvania families.”

The program was first implemented in Pennsylvania in 1998 and is known nationally as the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). People who are 55 or older who meet the level of care for a skilled nursing facility or special rehabilitation facility, are able to be safely served in the community, and live in an area served by a LIFE provider are eligible for LIFE. LIFE participants must also meet financial eligibility requirements or privately pay for services.

The Wolf Administration is committed to serving people in the community, and LIFE is an option that allows older Pennsylvanians to live independently while receiving services and supports that meet their health and personal needs. The LIFE program is one of Pennsylvania’s home and community-based services options, currently serving more than 7,000 people across the state.

The expansion of the program will allow more people in more parts of the state to be served by LIFE. The service areas of Carbon, Monroe, Susquehanna, Wayne and Centre counties have been assigned to LIFE Geisinger. LIFE Geisinger is currently active in nine other counties. The Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk and Cameron service areas have been assigned to LIFE Northwestern Pennsylvania, who is currently active seven other counties. In addition, the Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga, and Fulton service areas have been assigned to Community LIFE, who is currently active in two other counties.

LIFE Programs in Pittsburgh

Article in Post Gazette About LIFE Programs in Pittsburgh

This article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette talks about the expansion of the LIFE programs in Pittsburgh. LIFE stands for Living Independence for the Elderly.  From the article:

Ms. Gago said these existing programs, because of their experience and comprehensive nature, are in better shape to assist people with serious needs than the managed care organizations that will be starting from scratch with new clients and provider networks. And a lot more people will learn of the existence of LIFE Pittsburgh and Community LIFE now that they’ll be told they have to make a choice, she said.

“We believe we can say, from the standpoint of both Community LIFE and LIFE Pittsburgh, that we’ve proven in Allegheny County that we can take care of a frail, complex older adult both in the community and in their home, which is no small task,” Ms. Gago said.

Read the entire article, here.

LIFE Pittsburgh to Open Largest Center to Date on June 30th

On June 30th, LIFE Pittsburgh will open the doors of their newest center to the McKees Rocks community. This center is the fourth and largest expansion in the company’s 18-year history. With 30,000 square feet, the new McKees Rocks center will serve nearly 200 people.

The new center will be located at 130 Chartiers Avenue, in McKees Rocks. The official ribbon cutting will be at 3:00 PM, followed by tours and festivities until 4:30 PM. Rich Fitzgerald is scheduled to attend and will provide opening remarks. “One of the most important resources that we can provide at the county is an opportunity for older adults to remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible, and to provide the supports they need as they age,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “LIFE Pittsburgh is one such organization that allows us to do exactly that – providing our older adults with care, supports and other services to allow them to remain in their own homes.”

This expansion reflects the increasing demand for a comprehensive care program in the home, and will accommodate for future growth. The opening will bring over 100 jobs to the McKees
Rocks community, and will allow for LIFE Pittsburgh to grow its overall workforce. Joann Gago,
CEO of LIFE Pittsburgh said, “As Allegheny County’s population continues to age, we know we are in a great place to serve those citizens who need our services and continue to grow our program.”

In addition to the McKees Rocks location, LIFE Pittsburgh has Greentree, Northshore and
Allegheny Center locations. These centers provide participants their medical needs and supportive services, so that they can live at home with the quality of life and freedom that they desire, for as long as possible. These services include personal care, medical services, leisure activities, pastoral care, emotional support, caregiver support, meals, hearing and vision care, dental care, transportation, home safety modifications and durable medical equipment.

About LIFE Pittsburgh
LIFE Pittsburgh is a local, nonprofit organization, part of the national PACE program. It provides comprehensive care to elderly seniors who would otherwise not be able to live independently at home. LIFE Pittsburgh serves seniors in Western Allegheny County and operates four centers. For more information, visit lifepgh.wpengine.com or call 412-388-8050, TTY:711

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LIFE Pittsburgh Celebrates 17 Years

Today LIFE Pittsburgh celebrates 17 years providing healthcare to seniors. For the staff it is about being in an environment that allows for personal growth and the opportunity to contribute to another person’s life and to give something greater than (beyond) themselves.