Health Department says nursing homes need 80 percent of staff vaccinated — or increase testing

BY: - August 12, 2021

All Pennsylvania skilled nursing facilities should have at least 80 percent of staff vaccinated for the coronavirus by Oct. 1, the state Department of Health announced Thursday.

Wolf admin. announces its first round of fixes to Pa.’s nursing home regs

BY: - July 21, 2021

The first package of proposed regulations will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin by July 31. This will begin a 30-day public comment period


Report: Number of Americans who need long-term care will double by 2065 | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 30, 2021

By age 90, more than half of all U.S. adults require help bathing, eating, and with other activities of daily life.

Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future

BY: and - June 25, 2021

“This year’s budget reflects resilience,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said.

Nursing home workers authorize strikes statewide; extra funding on Harrisburg priority list

BY: - June 21, 2021

Employees at 12 Pennsylvania nursing homes voted to authorize strikes this week, citing low pay and short staffing, as closed-door negotiations wear on in Harrisburg on how to spend $7.3 billion in federal COVID-19 aid. The more than 1,000 nurses and caregivers, from Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre to Oil City, are taking the strike votes after […]


My family’s long-term care story – and what it says about the challenges we all face | Ray E. Landis

BY: - May 2, 2021

There's no one way to do it, but we need to do a better job of preparing families for the decisions that are coming.


To help workers, residents, Pa. needs to boost nursing home staffing ratios | Opinion

BY: - April 20, 2021

That 4.1 hours of care per resident means more attention and time to each resident, which means fewer accidents and better overall quality of life for our Pennsylvania seniors.


A year full of lessons from COVID-19’s impact on older Pennsylvanians | Opinion

BY: - March 30, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf's budget again flat-funded Medicaid at a time when nursing homes and long-term care facilities desperately need help.

New nursing home regs expected in fall, but staff say they can’t wait much longer

BY: - March 26, 2021

After a year of the pandemic, on top of years of regulatory inaction, Pennsylvania’s nursing home employees are fed up with their hectic workplaces that barely give them time to feed and bathe patients — let alone offer them the emotional support they need after a year in isolation. “This issue has been going on […]


Nursing homes have been devastated by COVID-19. A new report offers fixes | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 20, 2020

4,700 residents of PA long-term care facilities have died of COVID-19. A new report calls for immediate action by state lawmakers.


Pa. needs to use CARES Act money to help pay for COVID-19 testing at nursing homes | Opinion

BY: - July 19, 2020

State lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf can solve our testing dilemma and move us toward a reopening that will safely reunite thousands of Pennsylvania families.

Levine orders nursing homes to complete universal testing by July 24

BY: - June 8, 2020

The order from Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is being issued, Levine said, to “rapidly detect asymptomatic residents and staff.”