Eligibility & Enrollment

Curious about how to join LIFE? We’ll help you get started.


To be eligible for LIFE, a participant must:

  • Be at least 55 years old.
  • Live in the service area of one of our programs.
  • Need nursing home level care.
  • Be able to live safely in the community with help from LIFE at the time of enrollment.


1. Intake 

Intake begins when you or someone on your behalf makes a call to LIFE. If it appears from this first conversation that you are potentially eligible, a program representative will visit you to explain our program and obtain further information about you. During this visit you will learn about LIFE and have the chance to ask any questions you may have. We will explain program requirements, costs, and have you sign a release that allows us to obtain your medical records. You will then be encouraged to visit one of our centers for a tour. Read more…

2. Assessment

During the assessment process, our health team will meet with you to evaluate your needs and goals. After the assessment has been completed, we will meet with you to discuss your evaluation and determine if your needs can be appropriately met by our program. If so, our health team will develop an individual plan for services and schedule time with you to explain how it will best meet your needs and preferences. Read more…

3. Determination of Medical & Financial Eligibility 

Because LIFE is committed to serving only frail older adults who need long-term care and are eligible for nursing home care, an outside opinion must confirm that your situation qualifies you for our services. The local Area Agency on Aging will determine your medical eligibility for the program after making an assessment of your needs. The local County Assistance Office will determine your financial eligibility for the program, if applicable. Read more…

4. Enrollment

During enrollment, you will meet with a program representative to review and come to an agreement about your participation in LIFE before you sign the Enrollment Agreement. At this meeting you’ll have an opportunity to discuss the plan of care recommended for you, coordinated Medical Assistance and Medicare services and what to do if you are unhappy with LIFE. If you decide to join LIFE, we will ask you to sign the Enrollment Agreement at this time. Read more…

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CMS and PA SAA approved 11/29/2021