New Law Makes It Easier For Seniors To Stay At Home

Legislation approved this week by the state Senate boosts the concept of "aging in place" for senior citizens in Pennsylvania. The bill makes it easier for senior citizens to receive medical care in their own homes, avoiding the need for a nursing home. State Senator Michele Brooks, who co-sponsored the bill, says under current Medicaid rules the application process favors nursing home care. Home care can also be the less expensive option. According to the Pennsylvania Homecare Association, the state saves an estimated $34,000 a year for every person served in the home compared to a long-term care facility.