Pennsylvania AARP Statement on Recent Developments in Nursing Homes

HARRISBURG, Pa., September 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The health and safety of nursing home residents is a primary concern for AARP. Over the past two and a half years, we have consistently advocated for federal and state governments to provide dedicated funding and strong policies to protect the health and safety of residents of long-term care facilities, including staffing with adequate staff. Additionally, we have asked for transparency and accountability to ensure taxpayer funds are used for resident care.

While millions of dollars are being made available to long-term care facilities, including through the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, we are deeply concerned that nursing home staff in more than a dozen facilities across the state is at risk tonight. We encourage Pennsylvanians with a parent, spouse, sibling or other loved one in a nursing home to remain diligent as care must continue to be provided to every resident. Visit, ask questions, seek answers and if you are concerned or unsure about the care your loved one is receiving, contact your local Long Term Care Ombudsman.

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose their lifestyle as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members — including 1.8 million Pennsylvanians — AARP strengthens communities and champions what matters most to families: health security, financial stability, and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the most popular publications in the country: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org, www.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPPA, @AARPenEspanol, @AARPadvocates and @AliadosAdelante on social media.

CONTACT: TJ Thiessen, (202) 374-8033, [email protected]

SOURCE AARP Pennsylvania

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