Body Saron Siki Thu, 22 Jul 2021 03:46:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Body Saron Siki 32 32 Pennsylvania offers first nursing home regulatory updates in 20 years Thu, 22 Jul 2021 02:07:12 +0000

More than 72,000 skilled nursing home residents in Pennsylvania would see an increase in the direct care hours they receive daily under proposed regulatory changes, the first updates in more than 20 years.

Acting Department of Health Secretary Alison Beam on Wednesday said the changes would increase the minimum number of hours of direct care for residents from 2.7 to 4.1 hours per day, which is more in line with Medicare recommendations.

“The review of nursing home regulations is part of the administration’s continued efforts to improve resident care and working conditions for nursing home staff,” Beam said at a press conference. in Harrisburg.

The Wolf administration on Wednesday announced a series of proposed changes to nursing home regulations, including increasing the number of hours staff spend caring for residents.

The announcement took place at the Homeland Center, which Beam says is one of 125 nursing homes in the state that already meet the proposed level of direct care. The facility provides 5.8 hours of direct care per day, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid.

The deployment is the first of five sets of proposed changes to state nursing home regulations, which were last revised in 1999. The proposals are based on the latest research, expert input and ” insightful lessons ”learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately affected residents of nursing homes, state officials said.