Pennsylvania’s nursing home crisis is rapidly worsening, new report shows
Pennsylvania’s older residents who can no longer live independently and need long-term care are facing a growing crisis, one accelerated by the pandemic.
While more people are seeking and receiving care in a long-term community setting, a report released by the Independent Fiscal Office in late October shows that the supply continues to fall short. Shrinking nursing home staffing and capacity has prolonged waitlists for placement and posed significant financial burden on families.
When Pennsylvania Health Care Association President and CEO Zach Shamberg saw the report, he found that it reflected trends that have troubled his organization for years.