New Homes Help LIFE Participants Regain Independence

Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

VieCare, Beaver, LLC, a partnership with Lutheran SeniorLife and Heritage Valley Health System, has purchased two houses in New Castle that will become home for six LIFE Lawrence County participants. The homes, located across the street from each other, will each have three residents currently participate in the LIFE Program.

“Our first priority in buying these homes was to get three of our current LIFE Lawrence County participants out of a nursing home, and then to prevent three more from having to be admitted to one,” said Mark Amick, Adult Day Health Center Director at LIFE Lawrence County. “With a little bit of help, there is no reason why they can’t live on their own.”

“They will have 24-hour support and digital monitoring if needed,” Amick said.

Amick explained that interiors of the homes have been modified with wider doorways and hallways to accommodate wheelchairs, if necessary. There are no steps for the residents to negotiate, and the restrooms are easily accessible. The homes have also been updated with new paint and flooring. Both homes have a spacious rooms and a generous back yard.

“This is going to be their home,” Amick said. “It was important to us to make it as comfortable as we could.”

The residents of these homes will continue to receive most of their adult day services, medical care, rehabilitation and more at the LIFE Center.

LIFE Lawrence County participant Mary Gibson is overwhelmed with emotion as she is escorted into her new home by Mark Amick.

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