Health Department says nursing homes need 80 percent of staff vaccinated — or increase testing
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
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 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
“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
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
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
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
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
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 […]
Home care is a lifeline for people with disabilities. We need to fund it that way | Opinion
We need to stop treating nursing homes as the default option for people who need care. People with disabilities have a right to live in the least restrictive environment possible.
Nursing homes have been devastated by COVID-19. A new report offers fixes | Thursday Morning Coffee
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
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.