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21 Nov 2010

Mercy gives South Philadelphia seniors a new outlook on life

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November 21, 2010 Category: Health Posted by:

Mercy LIFE, a member of Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania, hosted a grand opening dedication and blessing ceremony for its newest Adult Day Center on Friday, Nov. 19 at 1930 South Broad Street (the former St. Agnes Continuing Care Center building).


The brand new 20,000 square foot facility features a full medical clinic with triage area, a complete physical and occupational therapy gym, a spacious and elegant dining room, a full-service kitchen, several activity rooms, a hair dresser, and much more. The Mercy LIFE Day Centers offer a convenient location where the interdisciplinary care team can provide preventive healthcare as well as observe and respond to changes in each individual’s health. Transportation is also provided on wheelchair accessible vans.


“It is extremely important to the vitality of our communities to provide access to and utilization of quality community-based health care services,” said Mercy LIFE CEO Carol Quinn. “Programs like Mercy LIFE are committed to being a resource for families with aging loved ones who need a helping hand to manage the difficult responsibility of care-giving.”


Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) is a nationally recognized Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that offers older adults, who would otherwise need nursing home care, the ability to remain independent in the comfort and privacy of their own home. The Mercy LIFE model of care enables health professionals from various disciplines to work together to provide comprehensive medical, health and social services at the Mercy LIFE Day Centers, in hospitals, and in the senior’s private home. Mercy LIFE’s team of healthcare professionals, specializing in geriatric care, work with the senior and their family to evaluate and develop a personalized care plan to meet each person’s individual needs, goals and preferences.



As a participant in the Mercy LIFE program, seniors can expect to receive the following services (as needed) by the Mercy LIFE team of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, and personal care aides:


• Primary care and physician specialist services

• Prescribed medications

• Dental care

• Vision, hearing and foot care

• Medical/adaptive equipment

• Nursing care

• Rehabilitation therapies

• Mental health services

• Social work services

• Home-delivered meals

• Light housekeeping

• Personal emergency response systems

• Transportation, recreational and social programs

• and much more…


“The Mercy LIFE staff is part my family now and it makes me happy to be out and around other seniors who function on the same level as I do,” said Lillie Mae Evans, a long-time Mercy LIFE participant. “Mercy LIFE has been a real blessing to me. From my medical care, to socialization, to finding me a new home, Mercy LIFE has been there. I am so thankful to everyone for everything they have done for me.”


To be eligible for the program, seniors must be 55 or older, need the level of care that requires nursing facility type services, live in zip codes 19106, 19107, 19122, 19123, 19125, 19133, 19134, 19137, 19140, 19145, 19146, 19147, or 19148, and are eligible for Medicaid, Medicaid and Medicare or are able to privately pay.

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