U.S. Senator Tom Carper shares the history of the Wilmington Riverfront
with Saint Francis LIFE participants during his tour of the LIFE Center.
Saint Francis LIFE welcomed U.S. Senator Tom Carper and his staff to the
LIFE Center Friday, August 4, 2017. Located on the Wilmington Riverfront,
Saint Francis LIFE is a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly
(PACE) that provides frail, medically complex seniors with medical and
social supports to remain living independently at home.
During his visit, Senator Carper shared his top health care priorities:
improving the quality of our health care system; curbing health care costs,
and ensuring that more Americans and their families have access to affordable
and reliable healthcare coverage. "The Saint Francis LIFE program
is a vital component to the health and wellbeing of so many seniors in
New Castle County," said Senator Carper. "PACE programs like
this help keep seniors active, engaged, and healthy - ultimately keeping
down our nations' health care costs. I hope we can expand these programs
throughout Delaware to reach more of our seniors who could benefit from
the good work being done here."
"We're so happy to show Senator Carper how Saint Francis LIFE
has grown since its opening in 2013," said Amy Milligan, Executive
Director of the program which now serves 223 New Castle County seniors.
"The philosophy is that it’s better for seniors to continue
living in the community as long as medically possible. LIFE's team
of healthcare experts provides coordinated, comprehensive care for this
vulnerable population to help them achieve this goal. The support of community
leaders, such as Senator Carper, is invaluable as we strive to reach more
and more seniors who can benefit from our program."
LIFE, which stands for Living Independently for Elders, 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 long-term care services and supports;
and can live safely at home with the support of the LIFE team. LIFE operates
under the umbrella of Saint Francis Healthcare, which is a member of Trinity
Health, the second largest faith-based healthcare ministry in the United States.
For more information on Saint Francis LIFE, please call 302.660.3351.