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PA Personal Care Home Emergency Closures Decline

The state Department of Public Welfare recently released the 2011 Adult Residential Care Licensing report.
The report highlights the department’s efforts to keep personal care homes safe for Pennsylvania residents.
According to a news release, DPW licensed 1,326 personal care homes, providing care to 47,000 adults with physical or mental disabilities who require help with tasks such as bathing, dressing, or medication management.
In 2011, the average number of violations per inspection dropped for the fourth consecutive year, and well below the 2008 average. The report also shows a decrease in emergency closures, with three homes closed because of emergency conditions in 2011. Seven homes were closed for that reason in 2010.
DPW states adults with physical or mental disabilities are more vulnerable to abuse and neglect, especially if placed in unlicensed care.
If you suspect a facility is unlicensed or want to file a complaint, call toll-free – 1-877-401-8835.
The complete 2011 Adult Residential Licensing Annual Report is online at http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ucmprd/groups/webcontent/documents/report/p_012112.pdf. For more information about the Department of Public Welfare, visit the department’s website at www.dpw.state.pa.us.