It all started in 1982. The spark was a seemingly simple question: how can we bring the benefits of a continuing care retirement community to people who prefer to age in the comfort of their own homes? The answer to this question created a vision – to provide for the delivery and coordination of a full continuum of services together with a financial mechanism to help pay for care in the home.
The key to making this vision a reality – and a success – was to go beyond just helping people remain independent – and help them to thrive in their own homes for as long as possible.
Through grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, with research by Brandeis University’s Health Policy Center and the leadership of Foulkeways at Gwynedd and Jeanes Hospital – Continuing Care at Home or “CCaH” was born and became Friends Life Care. Fueled by drive and strengthened by a commitment to Quaker values, the company continued to grow and evolve, becoming the largest CCaH in the country. It’s also interesting to note that our business model has been replicated over 25 times.
As we grew, so did our strategy – to cover a broader spectrum of needs, especially for those who were not eligible for Friends Life Care. As additional programs and services were added to meet these new needs, Friends Life Care Partners was established. Currently, Friends Life Care Partners includes four divisions:
Friends Life Care – Care and Financial Benefits for Life Planned at Home
Intervention Associates – Care Management and Guardianship Services
Caring Friends – Homecare and Concierge Services
Friends Life Care Consultants, Inc. – Consulting Services to the Senior Housing and Healthcare Industry
These four divisions continuously strive to deliver what is most important to those we serve – as seen in a 2014 AARP survey reporting that nearly 90% of people want to stay in their own home as they age. We have lived and supported that mission since 1982. Friends Life Care has served nearly 5,000 people over the years. Its relevance and importance continues to grow as baby boomers enter their third age.
We are proud of what we have accomplished and look to the future to build on that foundation. In 2015, the originator of Continuing Care at Home concept and founding President of Friends Life Care at Home, Donald L. Moon, was one of two inaugural inductees into the Continuing Care Hall of Fame. This recognizes both his significant personal contribution and the impact Friends Life Care Partners continues to have in the industry and across the nation.
At the heart of all we do are three words: Pioneer. Innovate. Inspire.