Pennsylvania Dept. of Aging News

Source from the PA Department of Aging 

National Study of Long-Term Care Providers

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will begin the second wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), which “monitor trends in the major sectors of paid, regulated long-term care services providers.”

The NSLTCP survey “ uses data from surveys of residential care communities and and adult day services centers. NCHS greatly appreciates all Pennsylvania providers who participated in the 2012 survey. Center directors will receive information by mail, asking them to complete the 2014 questionnaire by mail or online over a safe and secure network. The questionnaire will take, on average, 30 minutes to complete. NSLTCP will collect information on the characteristics of adult day services providers, the services they offer, and their staffing; and the demographics, functional status, and health status of the participants they serve.

This information will help policymakers, health care planners, and providers better understand, plan for, and serve the future long-term care needs of the older population and disabled young adults. All data will be kept confidential and will be aggregated, so that the names of centers, staff, participants, and respondents will not be identifiable.

NCHS has contracted with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research organization, to collect NSLTCP data. RTI has a dedicated survey team and a toll-free phone number (1-877-225-4434) where directors of adult day services centers can call to ask questions about the survey. Participation in NSLTCP is voluntary but strongly encouraged. Please make your voice heard by participating in this important study.

Additional information about NSLTCP – including a fact sheet, FAQs, and a link to the 2014 questionnaire – is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsltcp.htm.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended to End of Year 

The deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for Pennsylvania’s

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.