The State Health Department released recommendations on Tuesday, aimed at improving the oversight of nursing homes in Pennsylvania.
The  department says past state regulations were designed to evaluate the quality of the nursing home facility, but did not fully account for the quality of life of the residents.The new recommendations call for changes in regulations and inspections to focus on the  residents’ quality of life.
They also propose  more comprehensive and consistent surveys in order to evaluate the quality of life in nurse homes.
Health Secretary Dr Karen Murphy says the state will increase its use of fines as a way to improve care in nursing homes. They’ll be based on several factors including the level of harm  to residents.