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The Department of Health, Division of Nursing Care Facilities is responsible for the licensing and oversight of Pennsylvania's nursing care facilities. As of June 30, 2012, there were 713 facilities with a total bed capacity of over 88,000. The Department conducts approximately 5,000 inspections a year. These include licensure and certification surveys, follow-up surveys and complaint investigations. The Department also operates and maintains the federally mandated Nurse Aide Registry which contains information on more than 229,000 nurse aides in Pennsylvania.
Choosing a nursing home can be an emotionally challenging time in an individual's or family member's life. For most of us, as we grow older, we recognize the need to plan for the future. We may put our affairs in order so our children will not be burdened unnecessarily. While we may have the foresight to prepare a will, we often neglect preparing for the possible need for nursing home placement. The Department of Health encourages you to spend a little time thinking about your wishes and preferences. Even if you are not ready to choose a nursing home right now, we are providing you with some resources and tips you can consider in the future. We are fortunate in Pennsylvania because there are many nursing homes from which to choose. 
For complaints regarding a Nursing Home/Long-Term Care Facility call:
For complaints regarding a Personal Care Home or an Assisted Living Facility call:
For other inquiries, call 717-787-1816.