The Penn Compact in Action
LIFE is Beautiful
For 10 years, the School of Nursing's Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) program has enabled more than 650 senior citizens in West and Southwest Philadelphia to keep their independence while also receiving long-term care. Participants receive all preventative, primary, acute and long-term health services at two School of Nursing facilities in University City-services that otherwise would require nursing home-care.
LIFE staff are on call 24 hours a day for emergencies or to arrange for nursing home or hospital admission, if needed. Seniors are always assured of care, no matter how their health condition changes, and without the "red tape" and paperwork that can accompany a stay at a long-term care facility.
When the LIFE center first opened, it served fewer than a dozen people. Today, its average daily census is 200.
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The Penn Compact
The Penn Compact embodies Penn's vision for making our University both a global leader in teaching, research, and professional practice, as well as a dynamic agent of social, economic, and civic progress.