Emily Williams, D.O. and Deborah Kehinde, CRNP have joined the medical staff at Senior LIFE Reading. Senior LIFE is a provider of the LIFE Program in Pennsylvania. The LIFE Program, which is funded by Medicare and Medicaid, brings together a coordinated team of doctors, nurses, social workers and therapists to provide seniors 55 and older with coordinated health and personal care services that are tailored to their specific needs. The goal of the LIFE Program is to keep seniors living in their homes. There are no co-pays and no costs for services for Medicaid-eligible seniors who live in the community.
Dr. Williams received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and brings a wealth of experience to Senior LIFE Reading. Prior to joining the Senior LIFE team, Williams was employed by Hamilton Health Center out of Harrisburg and St. Joseph’s Hospital/NPHS out of Philadelphia. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Temple University. “Having worked in the medical field for almost 25 years, I have witnessed firsthand how important quality healthcare is, especially for seniors,” said Williams. “Senior LIFE is able to provide participants with an impressive list of medical services that are all coordinate specifically to meet their needs. I am excited to be a part of a program that helps lower income seniors get the healthcare they deserve.”
Also joining the Senior LIFE Reading team, Deborah Kehinde is a Certified Nurse Practitioner who lives in the local Reading community. Kehinde received her degree from Widener University. She previously worked for Genesis Physician Services out of Shillington where she gained invaluable experience in coordinating and administering care of elderly patients. “Senior LIFE is an amazing support system for Reading seniors,” said Kehinde. “The program provides a comprehensive care program that includes everything from medical care, to physical and occupational therapies, and social services, just to name a few. I am proud to work for an organization that recognizes the unique needs of seniors.”
The LIFE Program coordinates an individualized care plan to meet the specific needs of each senior. Senior LIFE services include: primary medical and nursing care, recreational therapy, meals and nutritional counseling, social services, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, laboratory services and diagnostics, physical, occupational and speech therapy, skilled home care, personal care, podiatry, optometry, audiology and dental care.
The ideal Senior LIFE Reading participant is someone 55 or older who lives in Berks county and who needs a little additional support to live independently in his or her home. A critical component of PACE is putting preventative support in place that sets seniors up to remain in their homes long term.
The LIFE Health and Wellness Center is another critical component of the LIFE program. At the Day Health and Wellness Center, members can see their Primary Care Physicians and participate in rehabilitation programs. They also eat lunch together, play games, make crafts and socialize in the dayroom.
Senior LIFE Reading works with participants to provide transportation to the LIFE Health and Wellness Center as well as other medical appointments and activities. Senior LIFE aims to be a “one stop shop” model of care, coordinating all medically necessary healthcare and supportive services. Most care is delivered during the day both at the LIFE Health and Wellness Center and in the home, but care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
To be eligible for Senior LIFE services, seniors must be 55 years of age or older and reside in an area serviced by Senior LIFE. There is no cost to enroll in Senior LIFE. A Senior LIFE Outreach Coordinator can assist in determining eligibility.
For more information, call Senior LIFE Reading at (610) 404-3200 or visit www.SeniorLIFEpa.com.