Published on July 10, 2017

LIFE St. Mary helps seniors live independently

Most of us would prefer to stay in our homes as we age. Now more area seniors will have that choice, thanks to the expansion of the LIFE St. Mary program.

The LIFE program helps frail and low-income seniors with chronic health problems—from diabetes to dementia—live safely in their homes. LIFE St. Mary serves seniors in Bucks County and will soon serve seniors in parts of Montgomery County.

A key part of the program is the LIFE Center. There, every weekday, seniors can stay active, make new friends, eat nutritious meals and receive medical care, including physical and occupational therapy.

Other services the LIFE program provides include:

  • Transportation to and from the LIFE Center
  • Home services, such as light housekeeping and help with bathing and dressing
  • A support group for caregivers

Personalized care

It takes a whole team of professionals—including doctors and nurses who specialize in treating elderly people, social workers, and therapists—to provide this level of care. Together, they create an individualized care plan for each LIFE participant.

“Our staff comes to know each participant as a unique individual,” says Margaret Lei, MSW, Program Manager of Outreach and Enrollment.

Seniors aren’t the only ones who benefit from the LIFE program.

“It eases the stress of caring for an aging loved one,” says Daniel Drake, Vice President of Continuing Care at St. Mary Medical Center. “So many families tell us, ‘We couldn’t have managed to keep Mom or Dad at home without your help.’”