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What do LIFE programs do?

Dr. Arun S. Rao, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

LIFE, or Living Independently for Elders, is a program funded by Medicare and Medicaid to take care of very frail older adults living in the community who would otherwise be eligible to live in a nursing home. LIFE programs cover all aspects of medical care as well as social and therapeutic services to make sure that these older adults are maintained safely in the community for as long as possible. LIFE programs are very primary care focused and help coordinate medical care as well as other aspects of older people's care.

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