Long-Term Care Leaders Highlight Successes of Quality Investment Pilot Program, Improving Resident Care at 125 Facilities

Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen joined long-term care leaders from across the Commonwealth to discuss the successes of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Quality Investment Pilot program, which invested $14.2 million in federal funding to improve resident care at 125 long-term care facilities in 43 counties.

“Over the past year, I have traveled throughout the Commonwealth, listening to and learning from long-term care staff about the positive impact funding from the Long-Term Care Transformation Office has made,” said Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen.

In early 2023, the DOH consolidated its older Pennsylvania care efforts into the Long-Term Care Transformation Office (LTCTO) to help address the long-term care industry’s challenges.

One of the LTCTO’s most impactful initiatives has been the Quality Investment Pilot. This initiative distributed $14.2 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to allow long-term care communities to invest in numerous projects to improve their respective facility’s infrastructure and provide staff access to advanced training.

Examples of these infrastructure and workforce improvements include:

  • At Country Meadows in Cumberland County, the facility employs a new technology that monitors residents’ movements and alerts staff before a fall event happens;
  • At The Gardens at Wyoming Valley in Luzerne County, leadership reinvested in its staff, providing them with enhanced training to become infection prevention specialists;
  • At The Belvedere in Delaware County, the facility was able to modernize its communications equipment to respond more quickly to residents’ needs; and
  • At The Villages at Morrisons Cove in Blair County, the facility was able to upgrade its visitation spaces to improve disease infection control.

The LTCTO also provides comprehensive guidance and assistance to facilities, including assisted living, intermediate care, skilled nursing, personal care homes, and state veterans homes. It works with multiple state agencies and stakeholder organizations to understand industry challenges and implement positive changes. 

The Office focuses on resiliency in the long-term care workforce, infection prevention and control, emergency preparedness, and sustainable outbreak response operations to help protect residents.

“During the pandemic, it became clear that the Commonwealth’s long-term care facilities needed help and guidance to proactively respond to their residents’ needs. That is why the Long-Term Care Transformation Office was created, to help facilities fill those gaps and prepare for the future,” said Long-Term Care Transformation Office Director Megan Barbour. “By working with long-term care facilities, we can learn what new initiatives are benefiting residents and share these best practices with other facilities to elevate the overall care our older Pennsylvanians receive.”