Pa. lawmakers mull assisted living regulations

HARRISBURG, Pa. - September 18, 2008 - A panel of state lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on the Department of Public Welfare's proposal.

Assisted living facilities are intended for elderly and disabled people who need more services than personal-care homes provide but don't require the full-time attention of a nursing home.

Lobbyists for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities say complying with the rules will be too costly and discourage the development of assisted-living centers.

Advocates for the elderly and disabled argue that the rules require too little staff training and don't allow consumers enough say in choosing how they will receive medical care.

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