New senior facility offers all-in-one services
Walking from wide, sterile hallways into the dayroom was like stepping out of the shade into the sun. The cavernous hall was not nearly filled with people, but there was a humming bustle as knots of elderly men and women ate and talked with each other and passing aides. Doris Day rang from a stereo at the front of the room and a scheduled group activity was about to commence.
It was just another day at Senior LIFE’s new facility on High Point Boulevard.
Senior LIFE, a statewide independent living program, recently moved from Westgate Drive to the industrial park to accommodate its expanding membership and provide improved facilities. Outreach sales trainer Niki Recker provided a tour; halls redolent with nature paintings, three dayrooms, a kitchen, laundry room, and exam rooms and a fully staffed clinic fill the building.
The new facility sees about 60 member visitors each day for anything from clinic appointments to physical and speech therapy, social work, dietary help, and simply giving people time to socialize in a safe environment, all with easy transportation with its small fleet of buses and vans.
Senior LIFE also provides in-home care for those who don’t travel easily. “House calls are a big part of what we do. It really is a program of all-inclusive care,” Recker said. The clinic phones are staffed by a nurse 24-7.
Recker said members are qualified for the program through Medicare or Medicaid at no out-of-pocket cost.
Senior LIFE has 12 facilities in 13 counties (Lehigh and Northampton offering the odd mashup, of course), and the Lehigh Valley location has a staff of about 50 and 180 members currently. For more information about the Senior LIFE program, call 610-954-5433 or visit www.SeniorLifeLehighValley.com