LIFE Lawrence County Achieves Perfect Score

Published: Monday, June 10, 2013

LIFE Lawrence County was recently notified it has achieved rare status among providers of long-term care services in the state – it received a perfect score after a comprehensive, three day survey conducted by Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging.

“Our agency surveys 263 centers across the state annually and less than 5 percent achieve a perfect score, so this is great news for residents of Lawrence County who may need services for their aging parent or loved one,” said Kevin Longenecker, director of the state’s Office of Long-Term Living, division of licensing. “There are more than 300 separate things we look at when doing a survey, everything from ensuring the proper storage and administering of medications to the credentials of the staff to safety of the building and grounds to ensuring the medical staff is properly licensed and credentialed. It’s a tremendous achievement.”

As an innovative alternative to nursing homes, LIFE Lawrence County assists older adults who are living at home by managing the complex medical, functional and social needs. Participants have a wide range of services to choose from, including adult day care, meals, recreational programs, prescription coverage, support care in the participant’s home and comprehensive medical care.

“The staff works very hard to get good surveys,” said Toni Hively, executive director of the LIFE Programs. “But more than that, they are dedicated to delivering quality care in a warm, loving environment for our participants every day.”

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