Mercy LIFE Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Located in a revitalized Philadelphia neighborhood, surrounded by Caribbean-inspired townhouses and renovated factory buildings, the Mercy LIFE Center completes the neighborhood plan envisioned by the Hispanic Association of Contractors & Enterprises (HACE) over two decades ago. By creating new affordable family and senior housing, restoring the early 1900s factory buildings, and providing affordable healthcare for frail seniors, this plan would enable local families and their elderly parents to remain living together within their community.

PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is the multi-faceted program sponsored by Mercy Health at the LIFE Center. This federal program is funded by Medicaid and Medicare, and offers comprehensive health, wellness, therapeutic, nutritional, personal care, social and recreational services and activities to frail seniors who have limited incomes. Seniors reside at home, and two to three days a week, they gather at the center to engage with one another while receiving individually tailored medical and wellness services.

This 17,300 square foot center, with arched windows and turquoise accents, was designed to blend harmoniously with the architectural style of the surrounding neighborhood. Tall windows stream natural light into the center, making it bright and welcoming. Skylights brighten the corridors and help identify entrances into special rooms such as the physical and occupational therapy gym, the family room, and the salon. The dayrooms, with colorful furnishings, surround the courtyard that provides a secure outdoor space, shielded from the noisy city streets. Raised planters and rocking chairs on the back porch reinforce the courtyard as an extension of the interior activity rooms.