Catholic Health Celebrates First Year of LIFE with Free Open House and Senior Services Fair

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October 27, 2010

Catholic Health Living Independently For Elders (LIFE), a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, is celebrating its first anniversary with a community Open House & Senior Services Fair on Saturday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LIFE Center at the OLV Senior Neighborhood (55 Melroy Avenue in Lackawanna).

During the open house, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the LIFE Center and meet the program staff. Located in the former Our Lady of Victory Hospital, visitors can also tour Catholic Health System’s entire OLV Senior Neighborhood including the Victory Ridge Apartments, the Mercy Nursing Facility at OLV, and the neighborhood’s new front entrance and Main Street concourse.

In addition to information on senior programs and services, free health screenings will be offered including cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, macular degeneration, and bone densitometry.

Catholic Health LIFE is a comprehensive independent living program that provides a wide range of services in the senior’s home, as well as in the LIFE Center. LIFE’s professional staff coordinates all necessary medical and support services, including inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, social work, nutrition services, home care, mental health services, dental and vision care, podiatry, prescription drugs, and social and recreational activities. Transportation is also provided.

Participation in Catholic Health LIFE is open to Erie County residents age 55 or older who qualify for nursing home care, but can have their needs safely met at home with assistance and in the LIFE Center. The cost of the program is covered by Medicare and/or Medicaid. Private pay options are also available.

For more information on the LIFE program or the Open House & Senior Services Fair, call Catholic Health LIFE at (716) 819-5433.

Participants

The Senior Services Fair will feature representatives from the American Red Cross, Erie County Senior Services, Catholic Charities, Olmstead Center for Sight, Alzheimer’s Association, People Inc., Belmont Housing, Meals on Wheels, Respiratory Services of WNY, Central Referral Service, the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY, Delta Development, Elder Care Solutions and Bankers Conseco Life.

Catholic Health participants include LIFE, Partners In Rehab, Laboratory Services, Mission on the Move/Cardiac Services, Advanced Wound Healing Centers, the Piver Center/Women’s Services, Home Care/Home Response, Imaging Services, Social Work, and Sleep Services.