Living Independence For the Elderly (LIFE), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in November, provides services to more than 6,000 Pennsylvanians in 41 counties across the state.
LIFE provides an innovative, community-based approach to integrated health care, as well as social and family support services. The program is designed to help seniors remain in their homes and communities instead of receiving care in a nursing facility.
“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 the health and personal needs of the individual,” said DHS Acting Secretary Teresa Miller.
Pennsylvanians are eligible for the LIFE program if they:
- Are age 55 or older
- Meet the level-of-care needs for a skilled nursing or special rehabilitation facility
- Meet the financial requirements as determined by their County Assistance Office
or can privately pay
- Reside in an area served by a LIFE provider
- Can be safely served in the community, as determined by a LIFE provider