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July 21, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

Wolf Administration Announces Proposed Nursing Home Regulations Focused on Increased Quality of Care for Residents and Workers

Wolf Administration officials shared proposed nursing home regulations focused on increasing the quality of care received by residents by increasing the minimum direct care hours by 1.4 more hours each day. The current skilled nursing facility regulations have not been updated since 1999.

"Revising nursing home regulations is one piece of the administration's ongoing effort to improve care for residents and working conditions for staff in nursing homes," said Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam, during a news conference at Homeland Center in Harrisburg.

Beam, who was joined by leaders of four cabinet agencies as well as a nursing home worker and resident, noted this is the first in a series of five packages of proposed regulations that are based on the latest research, input from subject matter experts and industry stakeholders and informed by lessons learned during the COVID-19 global pandemic.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_01.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam announces proposed nursing home regulations, focused on increased quality of care for residents and workers, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_02.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam announces proposed nursing home regulations, focused on increased quality of care for residents and workers, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_03.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Kim Jackson, a Licensed Practical Nurse, discusses the challenges she has faced in her career, including staff shortages that allot her less time with patients. She says the new proposed regulations make her feel hopeful, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_04.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Barry Ramper II, NHA, President & CEO of Homeland Center, voices his support for the proposed regulations, which will help improve the quality of life for residents and staff, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_05.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Kim Jackson, a Licensed Practical Nurse, discusses the challenges she has faced in her career, including staff shortages that allot her less time with patients. She says the new proposed regulations make her feel hopeful, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_06.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Margaret Barajas, the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, discusses how the existing mandates have raised concerns about the quality of care and quality of life for long-term care residents, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_07.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Wolf Administration announces proposed nursing home regulations, focused on increased quality of care for residents and workers, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_08.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam poses with workers from Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_09.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Wolf Administration announces proposed nursing home regulations, focused on increased quality of care for residents and workers, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_10.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Wolf Administration announces proposed nursing home regulations, focused on increased quality of care for residents and workers, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_11.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam announces proposed nursing home regulations, focused on increased quality of care for residents and workers, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_12.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Kim Jackson, a Licensed Practical Nurse, discusses the challenges she has faced in her career, including staff shortages that allot her less time with patients. She says the new proposed regulations make her feel hopeful, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_13.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Barry Ramper II, NHA, President & CEO of Homeland Center, voices his support for the proposed regulations, which will help improve the quality of life for residents and staff, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_14.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Kim Jackson, a Licensed Practical Nurse, discusses the challenges she has faced in her career, including staff shortages that allot her less time with patients. She says the new proposed regulations make her feel hopeful, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_15.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Margaret Barajas, the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, discusses how the existing mandates have raised concerns about the quality of care and quality of life for long-term care residents, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_16.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Margaret Barajas, the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, discusses how the existing mandates have raised concerns about the quality of care and quality of life for long-term care residents, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18946_doh_LTCF_cz_17.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Meg Snead, Acting Secretary of the Department of Human Services, answers questions from the media on costs associated with the proposed regulations, at Homeland Center in Harrisburg, PA on July 21, 2021.