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State Lawmakers Demand Conditions Improve in Substandard Nursing Homes

improving nursing home conditionsA special report published by PennLive last month examined the quality of nursing homes, revealing continued health and safety citations for facilities once owned by the Golden Living chain. Since then, the report has raised concerns over nursing home oversight, causing several senators to urge state and federal regulators to take more aggressive actions to ensure nursing homes are delivering quality care.

Two additional state lawmakers representing Pennsylvania, Art Haywood (D) and Greg Rothman (R), have come forward in support of imposing stronger regulations and penalties against facilities who undermine the safety of its residents. These lawmakers want the state Health Department to do more to improve conditions in substandard nursing homes. This includes oversight reform to place service once again at the forefront of the state’s nursing home industry.

Earlier this year, Sen. Art Haywood conducted a hearing in his district to address nursing home oversight. Many residents who attended the hearing spoke about understaffing issues and the health department’s lack of response to complaints concerning basic care. The senator is looking to hold a similar hearing in the near future to make sure the department is moving to make improvements.

According to the PennLive investigation, the new operators of these nursing homes have more state citations than previous years under Golden Living’s management. These facilities have also managed to avoid severe punishments from the health department. In 2017, only 10 penalties were issued by the state out of 102 inspections which lead to citations.

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