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Senior Healthcare Program Demonstrated Safer Than Nursing Home Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that PACE/LIFE Programs, with their focus on keeping participants at home and in the community, are safer and more effective than nursing home care. The Senior LIFE healthcare program is a provider of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) called LIFE in Pennsylvania.

Senior LIFE is a Medicare and Medicaid approved long-term care program that provides complete medical care and supportive services for persons 55 years and older so that they can remain living in their home.

According to the National PACE Association, the rate of LIFE/PACE residents that have died from COVID is one third lower than for nursing home residents. The rate of cases among PACE participants was also one third lower than nursing home residents.

There are no costs for services for Medicaid eligible persons for the LIFE Program. Senior LIFE’s services are customized to meet the specific needs of each individual and include physicians and specialists, nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapies, personal and home care, medications, meals and nutritional counseling, eye, dental and foot care, durable medical equipment and more.

During the pandemic, the LIFE/PACE model has demonstrated resiliency and increased potential for the future by continuing to provide all the care and services necessary to keep their participants safe in the community. In response to COVID-19, Senior LIFE has substantially and swiftly adapted to continue to meet all members’ care and service’s needs:

  • Maintained existing home-based services for members and shifted provision of most of their center-based services into members’ homes to minimize the risk of infection and help protect the extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 complications.
  • Expanded Use of Telehealth
  • Continued routine and non-routine assessments
  • Care plans modified on an individual basis to accommodate long-term closure of day centers, offering additional services where necessary to prevent decline
  • Increased communication and coordination with the Senior LIFE network of providers regarding their policies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Senior LIFE is an alternative to nursing home placement and is designed to help seniors live their best lives at home. Through Senior LIFE services, members are able to access the health care and support they need-and still have the independence they want. Each member of the Senior LIFE Program receives an individualized care plan that provides care and services tailored to them. The program is a great option for families who want to keep their elderly loved ones home, but can't stop working to care for them full-time.

There are no costs for services for those who qualify for the program.

The ideal Senior LIFE member is someone 55 or older who may need additional support to live independently in his or her home. Members must live in a Senior LIFE service area, qualify for a nursing home level of care, and be able to live safely in the community.



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