Laughlin to Introduce Bill to Help Keep Seniors Safe at Home

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) today announced he will soon introduce legislation focused on enhancing the safety and well-being of seniors in their homes. This essential legislation aims to improve the quality of life for our senior citizens by promoting the Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) Program.

“As our population ages, it becomes increasingly important to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our seniors,” said Laughlin. “Many prefer to remain in their own homes and communities rather than move to institutional care facilities. The LIFE Program is a proven and effective care model that provides a comprehensive array of health and social services to help seniors live independently; expanding the reach of the program will make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless Pennsylvanians.”

The LIFE Program is a joint Medicare/Medicaid managed care program that provides health and support services to qualified older Pennsylvanians who face health challenges that could threaten their continued ability to live independently in the community. Those services include:

  • Primary and specialty medical care
  • Nursing care
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Social services
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Transportation
  • Medication management

The holistic approach taken by the LIFE Program addresses the multifaceted needs of seniors and has shown the ability to reduce hospital readmissions and long-term nursing home placements, resulting in significant cost savings for Medicare and Medicaid, which ultimately benefits our entire healthcare system.

“My proposal aims to ensure Pennsylvanians are aware of their long-term care options,” Laughlin said. “We all want our seniors to have the best quality of life they can as they age; receiving personalized care plans that allow them to stay in their homes and communities, maintaining their independence and dignity, will help to make that possible.”

For more state-related news and information, constituents can visit Laughlin’s website at or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @senatorlaughlin.

Contact:  David Kozak   717-787-8927

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