LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly)

An option that allows the elderly to live independently on their own while receiving services and supports that meet the health and personal needs of the individual.

Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) is a managed care program that provides a comprehensive all-inclusive package of medical and supportive services. The program is known nationally as the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). All of the PACE providers in Pennsylvania have the name ‘LIFE’ in their name. The first programs were implemented in Pennsylvania in 1998.

To be eligible for LIFE, you must:

  • Be age 55 or older
  • Meet the level of care needs for a skilled nursing facility or a special rehabilitation facility
  • Meet the financial requirements as determined by your local County Assistance Office or be able to privately pay 
  • Reside in an area served by a LIFE provider
  • Be able to be safely served in the community as determined by a LIFE provider
     

Services available to you under the LIFE provider include:

  • Adult Day Health Services
  • Audiology Services
  • Dental Services
  • Emergency Care
  • End of Life Services
  • Hospital and Nursing Facility Services
  • In-home Supportive Care
  • Lab and X-ray Services
  • Meals
  • Medical and Non-medical Transportation
  • Medical Specialists
  • Optometry Services and Eyeglasses
  • Nursing and Medical Coverage 24/7
  • Nursing Care
  • Personal Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapies
  • Primary Medical Care
  • Recreational and Socialization Activities
  • Social Services
  • Specialized Medical Equipment

Locate a LIFE Provider in your area, or call the toll free Long-Term Living Helpline: 1-800-753-8827.

LIFE Provider Forms and Guidelines

FORMS

OADLC Incident Reports:

  • Unusual Incident Report Form
  • Unusual Incident Report Form Instructions

PA 1768
Annual LIFE Recertification Form


LINKS

CMS PACE MANUAL
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National PACE Association Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
National Pace Association
Chapter 11 Older Adult Living Centers


BIPA 903 Waiver Requests (from NPA)

Section 903 of the Benefits Improvement and Protection Act (BIPA) of 2000 allows states to modify or waive certain regulatory provisions to meet the needs of PACE organizations. 


Apply to be a PACE Provider (from NPA)

Information for providers interested in becoming a PACE provider:


For PACE Providers – Expansion Application Process (from NPA)

PACE organizations can expand their service area or add a new PACE center by submitting a PACE Expansion Application. There are three scenarios under which a PACE provider may expand operations. Each scenario contains a list of steps that must be followed for expansion approval.


PACE Marketing Guidelines Memorandum

PACE Marketing Guidelines Memorandum


CMS Care Planning Guidance

CMS Care Planning Guidance 1 


PROTECTIVE SERVICES

ACT 13 – 1997 Mandatory Abuse Reporting

Older Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA)

  • Act 28, Act 13, Act 169 Information Sheet
  • Act 13 Mandatory Reporting Form 
  • Act 13 Reporting Instructions 
  • Act 13 Reporting Flow Chart 


Hearings and Appeals

Fair Hearing Process 2013