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Senior Living Communities Keep Residents Safe with Emergency Preparedness


All personal care homes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must adhere to the regulations set forth by the Department of Public Welfare (click to read the code). The regulations cover many facets of operating of senior community including stringent rules that keep seniors safe. For those living in a personal care home or for families visiting relatives or evaluating personal care homes, keep the below list in mind when checking out facilities:

 (a)  The administrator shall have a copy and be familiar with the emergency preparedness plan for the municipality in which the home is located.

 (b)  The home shall have written emergency procedures that include the following:

   (1)  Contact information for each resident’s designated person.

   (2)  The home’s plan to provide the emergency medical information for each resident that ensures confidentiality.

   (3)  Contact telephone numbers of local and State emergency management agencies and local resources for housing and emergency care of residents.

   (4)  Means of transportation in the event that relocation is required.

   (5)  Duties and responsibilities of staff persons during evacuation, transportation and at the emergency location. These duties and responsibilities shall be specific to each resident’s emergency needs.

   (6)  Alternate means of meeting resident needs in the event of a utility outage.

 (c)  The home shall maintain at least a 3-day supply of nonperishable food and drinking water for residents.

 (d)  The written emergency procedures shall be reviewed, updated and submitted annually to the local emergency management agency.

Sacred Heart Villa is now accepting residents. If you are seeking care for yourself or loved one, contact Sacred Heart Villa today at 610-929-5751 for a tour. You can also visit