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Saint Francis LIFE Celebrates Sixth Anniversary with Open House

Media Contact: Maria Miller, 302-660-3361

Delaware's only Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly celebrates six year anniversary.

Wilmington, Del. -- Saint Francis LIFE celebrated its Sixth Anniversary with an Open House on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the LIFE Center on the Wilmington Riverfront. Saint Francis LIFE will also announce the anticipated opening of a second site in Newark, Delaware at the end of 2019.

"Saint Francis LIFE is so happy to reach this milestone of six years of service to the elderly of New Castle County," said Amy Milligan, Saint Francis LIFE Executive Director. "The philosophy of our program is that it is better for frail, medically compromised seniors to remain living in their homes in the community than in nursing homes. Our Wilmington Riverfront site currently serves 259 seniors and we are in the process of building a second full-service LIFE program on College Avenue near the Pencader Business Park Center. We will be able to serve an additional 250 New Castle County seniors at this new site."

"We are committed to serving patients during life's most important and critical times, and this program helps our most vulnerable elderly meet their goal to stay safe and live at home," said Dan Sinnott, Saint Francis Healthcare President and CEO. "With the support of Trinity Health, we are expanding our ability to serve even more seniors in the southern part of the county. As we grow, we look forward to continuing the many partnerships with community leaders and healthcare providers as we work together in serving our seniors well."

LIFE, which stands for Living Independently for Elders, is a PACE program, or Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. It is one of more than 100 PACE programs in the United States that offer this unique model of care, and the only one in Delaware. In partnership with CMS and the state's Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, the LIFE program serves individuals who are 55 or older; live in the New Castle County service area; are certified as needing a nursing home level of care, and can live safely at home with the support of the LIFE team.

LIFE provides comprehensive care, including primary medical and nursing care, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition services and social work support at the center, and in the home. The program also arranges specialty health care through its provider network of community specialists, supports and collaborates with caregivers, as well as provides transportation as needed. An Adult Day Program is also available for participants to socialize and join in activities.

Saint Francis LIFE offers many advantages. Seniors stay in control of their lives, remaining in the community and out of a nursing home as long as possible. Its interdisciplinary team approach keeps seniors and their families at the center of healthcare decisions. LIFE's care is complete, preventative and ongoing. LIFE's compassionate care team provides help and relief for caregivers and family members.

For more information about Saint Francis LIFE, call 302-660-3351.

Saint Francis LIFE is affiliated with Saint Francis Healthcare, a part of Trinity Health, which operates Delaware’s only Catholic hospital serving Wilmington and Northern New Castle County since 1924. Services provided include Partners in CardioVascular Health and Cardiovascular Services , 24-hour Emergency Services, Ambulance Service, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, the da Vinci™ Surgical System, Gastroenterology Services, Hematology-Oncology Services, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Advanced Wound Center, Imaging Services, Sleep/Neurodiagnostics Center, Home Care, Outpatient Physical Therapy, Comprehensive Women’s Health Services and three community outreach programs. Saint Francis Healthcare is also affiliated with the Saint Francis Foundation and Saint Francis at Home.

Saint Francis Healthcare is member of Trinity Health, the second largest faith-based healthcare ministry in the United States. Trinity Health employs over 131,000 and is in 22 states with 93 hospitals and 122 continuing care facilities, including 14 PACE center locations and 47 home care and hospice locations.

To learn more about Trinity Health, visit www.trinity-health.org

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