The LIFE – Northwestern Pennsylvania (LIFE-NWPA) model, which is nationally known as The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), can be traced to the 1970s, when the North Beach community of San Francisco saw the pressing needs for long term care of families whose elders had immigrated to the area. From that need a successful community-based system of care was born.
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LIFE-NWPA is centered around the same successful belief that it is better for the health of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community if possible.
LIFE-NWPA participants must be certified by The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to need nursing home care. LIFE-NWPA participants may be able to delay or eliminate the move to a nursing home; in fact only about seven percent of LIFE participants nationally reside in a nursing home. If a LIFE enrollee does need nursing home care, the LIFE program pays for it too and continues to coordinate the enrollee's care.
LIFE-NWPA is committed to assist the older Pennsylvanians in maintaining self-respect and independence in their lives by fostering the essentials of a quality life within the needs of the individual utilizing the environment of a holistic approach to medical and social services.
LIFE-NWPA was founded by The Village at Luther Square which, since 1906, has endorsed a nondiscriminatory policy as to its operations, such that it shall operate without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, handicap. LIFE-NWPA, as a result, is ready to offer the same dignity to welcome generations of participants into our holistic care environment.
The LIFE-NWPA program is designed and developed specifically to sustain independence among frail elderly by offering a coordinated alternative kind of service through a single organization. Our unique program allows us to provide the most unique and flexible benefits of any health care plan in the area. Other advantages of the program include:
- Dedicated, qualified health professionals who know you personally.
- Complete long-term care coverage.
- Coordinated 24 hour advice and care.
- Support for family caregivers.
- Care designed specifically for a participants individual needs.
- One provider to oversee a participants care whether at home, in a hospital, or in a nursing facility.
- No co-insurance, deductibles or payments due for services you receive that are approved by your care team.
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The LIFE – Northwestern Pennsylvania (LIFE-NWPA) model, which is nationally known as The Program of All-inclusive Care.