Department of Aging
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging was created in 1978 by the state legislature after
years of intensive lobbying by individuals and groups representing our rapidly growing elderly
population. They are charged by the Older Americans Act and the Pennsylvania General Assembly
with being an advocate for the interests of older Pennsylvanians at all levels of government.
Department of Public Welfare
Nuring Home INFO
Nursing Home INFO is a service of Nelson & Wallery, Ltd., a financial and Internet marketing
consulting firm specializing in the senior care industry. Their mission is to provide creative
technology and information solutions to business and the general public.
The Senior Guide
The Senior Guide was founded several years ago to assist the senior population, family
members and friends in the selection of a senior living community or service that meets their
specific needs. They created their website to provide an on-line resource to help
familiarize readers with continuously increasing choices in senior living options such as
senior housing, senior living, retirement, assisted living and nursing home information.
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people 65 years of age or older,
certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent
kidney failure with dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD). From their web site you
can locate Medicare participating physicians in your area, compare health plan options,
identify programs that may assist with your prescription drug and other health care costs, and
compare nursing homes and home health agencies in your area.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
As of July 1, 2001, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) is now the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It's more than just a new name - it's an increased
emphasis on responsiveness to beneficiaries and providers, and quality improvement.
CMS runs Medicare, the nation's largest health insurance program, covering nearly 40 million
Americans at a cost of just under $200 billion.
PANPHA represents over 370 nonprofit providers of long-term care and housing services
for 70,000 elderly residents across Pennsylvania. The Association is committed to helping
its members provide quality care efficiently and effectively for the individuals
and families they serve. In an age of impersonal care, PANPHA members put people before