Mercy LIFE Participants Graduate from the PEER Program
On Tuesday, June 25, fifteen participants from the Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) program graduated from the Pennsylvania’s Empowered Expert Residents (PEER) Program, which teaches participants how to advocate and maintain their rights for themselves and their fellow peers. Through the Philadelphia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, the PEERs are equipped with the resources needed to enhance their quality of care and LIFE for all participants. The participants, who received the title of PEER Advocate, attended 10 hours of training led by a CARIE (Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly) ombudsman, who they will meet with monthly for support and guidance.
Pennsylvania’s Empowered Expert Residents (PEER) Program
The PEER Program was implemented in long-term facilities in 2002 by the State Ombudsman Office. Mercy LIFE is the first LIFE program in Pennsylvania to launch the program.
Established in 1998, Mercy LIFE is a nationally recognized Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that provides elders with medical, health and social services to promote independence at home and in the community. Mercy LIFE’s team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and social workers specialize in geriatric care and evaluate each participant’s individual needs to develop a customized care program.
For more information about the Mercy LIFE program, please contact us at 215.339.4747.