Contributed by Nora E. Gieg, Esquire or 412.594.3940 

Pennsylvania’s Health Care Facilities Act, as amended, requires the Pennsylvania Department of Health to license home care agencies and home care registries. Home care agencies and registries respectively employ and refer direct care workers who provide home care services. Home care services include assistance with bathing, dressing, feeding, housekeeping, shopping, meal planning/preparation and transportation, as well as companionship, respite and specialized care services. The Department recently amended Title 28 of Pennsylvania Code by adding Subpart H, Chapter 611 (relating to home care agencies and home care registries) to set forth final regulations adopting minimum standards for the operation of home care agencies and home care registries. The final regulations are published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 39 Pa.B. 6958, viewable here.