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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 15, 2020 02:42 PM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Increasing Direct Care Hours in Nursing Homes
Pennsylvania has a large elderly population and chances are one of our loved ones will end up in a nursing home at some point. Unfortunately, nursing homes are often under staffed, potentially leading to unnecessary and avoidable injuries. The time has come to increase staffing ratios in Pennsylvanians nursing homes. 

In order to better protect one of our most vulnerable populations, I will reintroduce legislation that will increase the minimum required daily hours of direct resident care from 2.7 to 3.5. Evidence suggests that an increase in direct care hours can prevent falls, pressure sores, and other aliments commonly present in nursing homes. Several other states, including California, Illinois, New York, Florida, and the District of Columbia have increased the number of direct care hours; it’s time for the Commonwealth to do the same. Last session this was HB 1017.

Please co-sponsor this legislation that will benefit older Pennsylvanians.

Introduced as HB212