Expansions Underway as LIFE Programs Continue to Grow

Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Just one short year after opening its doors, LIFE Armstrong County, a partnership with ACMH Hospital, is helping 26 older adults continue to live safely and independently in their own homes, and is also providing social, educational and physical enrichment at the Adult Day Health Center, located adjacent to ACMH.

The LIFE Programs provide comprehensive, coordinated medical care for qualified older adults at the Adult Day Health Center, in the participants’ homes and in the community.

“It has been such a rewarding year to be part of the LIFE Armstrong County team,” said LIFE Armstrong County center director Karen Paul.

“We have received many positive comments from our participants and their families about how pleased they are with the staff and the services we provide. If it weren’t for the LIFE Program, these participants would not be able to stay in their own homes,” she said. (Click here for one family’s personal story about LIFE Armstrong County.)

In addition to LIFE Armstrong County, Lutheran SeniorLife also operates LIFE Programs in Butler County in partnership with Butler Health System and in Beaver and Lawrence Counties in partnership with Heritage Valley Health System.

The increased need for this type of care has prompted expansions at both LIFE Butler County and LIFE Beaver County.

Some interior demolition and restructuring at LIFE Butler County is currently underway, which will increase the size of the facility to approximately 17,000 square feet.

“This will give us enough space to nearly double the number of participants that we can accommodate,” said Toni Hively, executive director of Community LIFE Services. “There is a tremendous need here for our services.”

Marla Frailey, director of LIFE Butler County, said there will be increased physical therapy and activity space and possibly a media room.

“We also plan to increase the size of the bathing facilities to accommodate wheelchairs, and to make it more spa-like,” Frailey said.

LIFE Beaver County is also expanding by acquiring an existing 5,000 square foot space connected to its current location. The increased space will allow LIFE Beaver County to accommodate more participants as well as provide some meeting space for families and staff.

“The LIFE Programs have grown a lot over the past few years,” Hively said. “We finally have our footprint in these counties. These expansions will allow us to provide additional much-needed services to the people who desperately need them to enable them to continue to live in their homes safely.”

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