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.
Making the Vision a Reality
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 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 (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. In fact, 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 membership. As additional programs and services were added to meet these new needs, Friends Life Care Partners was established.
Friends Life Care Partner Divisions are:
Friends Life Care – Care Coordination, Wellness, Prevention and Financial Benefits for Aging and Thriving Independently at Home
Friends Life Care Consultants, Inc. – Consulting Services for Long-Term Care Insurance Carriers and the Senior Housing and Life Plan Community Industry
These divisions continuously strive to deliver what is most important to those we serve – as seen in an AARP survey reporting that nearly 90% of people want to stay in their own home as they age. Our focus on health, wellness and prevention helps make that happen. We have lived and supported that mission since the beginning. The relevance and importance of Friends Life Care services continues to grow as the baby boomer generation enters their “third age”.
Looking to the Future
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.