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Nursing Home Bed Shortage in Pennsylvania

Space is tight in Pennsylvania nursing homes according to a PA Department of Health Survey that reports a 91.25 percent occupancy rate statewide. In Juniata and Snyder counties, the occupancies rates are higher than 96 percent.

According to an article on LancasterOnline.com, space is so tight in Lancaster County nursing homes that residents have been placed at nursing homes in other counties.

The article notes that in-home care can ease the pressure on space in nursing homes, but often funding isn’t available. While Dauphin County has been able to provide in-home care for those who need it, there is a waiting list for services in Lancaster County.


These space issues in Pennsylvania nursing homes cause us to be concerned about the care and treatment these residents are receiving. With homes filled to near capacity, aides and other staff may be stretched thin with the care they can adequately provide. If you have a loved one in a skilled nursing facility and you believe that they are not receiving the care they deserve, contact the nursing home neglect attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.