State Grants Available for Nursing Homes

The state recently opened a new grant program to assist state-licensed nursing facilities in providing activities that support, protect and benefit their residents, according to Senator Michele Brooks, Chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee.

Under the Long-Term Care Grant program, administered by the PA Department of Health, grants of up to $50,000 will provide funds for one-time-only, time-limited projects of no more than 24 months designed to achieve specific outcomes that benefit nursing facility residents. All licensed nursing facilities in the state are eligible to apply for these grants.

“This is a great opportunity for nursing homes to secure valuable state funding for programs that will benefit their residents,” said Senator Brooks. “The state is looking to support programs that will enhance the quality of life and care for nursing care residents and I encourage all local facilities to apply for this money.”

Grant funds will come from fines imposed by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Human Services as recommended by the Department of Health when long-term care facilities are in violation of CMS conditions of participation.

Additional information as well as the grant application, can be found by visiting www.health.pa.gov. Under hot topics, click on the link for “Pennsylvania’s Long Term Care Grant program.”

Contact:          Mike Hengst   (717) 787-1322