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Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Investment and Initiatives

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has successfully utilized $14.2 million in federal funds to enhance long-term care at 125 facilities across 43 counties. This funding, managed by the Long-Term Care Transformation Office (LTCTO), has improved infrastructure and training at various facilities. For example, Country Meadows has adopted technology to prevent falls, and The Gardens at Wyoming Valley has trained staff as infection prevention specialists. Other facilities have modernized communications or upgraded visitation spaces for better infection control.

The LTCTO also offers extensive support to a range of long-term care settings, focusing on workforce resilience, infection control, emergency preparedness, and outbreak response. It coordinates with state agencies and stakeholders to identify industry challenges and develop solutions. The office’s creation was a response to the evident need for proactive support and guidance for long-term care facilities during the pandemic.

Positive feedback from these facilities and stakeholders underscores the effectiveness of these initiatives. The success of the pilot program supports a proposed $10 million investment for the LTCTO in the 2024-2025 fiscal year budget, as part of Governor Josh Shapiro’s ongoing commitment to improving long-term care in Pennsylvania.

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