HARRISBURG, Pa., June 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's six veterans' homes, operated by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, have planned special activities for residents, staff and their families to celebrate the 25th annual State Veterans' Homes Week, June 12-18.
"State Veterans' Homes Week is the perfect time to honor the residents who live in our homes and to also thank our staff members for their commitment to providing outstanding care to our residents," said Brig. Gen. Jerry Beck Jr., the state's deputy adjutant general for veterans' affairs. "Our staff truly lives by the motto, 'Serving Those Who Served.'"
Throughout the week special activities for residents, staff and their families have been planned to include musical entertainment, games and tournaments, Flag Day ceremonies, VIP visits, carnivals and picnics.
The six veterans' homes serve more than 1,500 eligible veterans and their spouses. They include the Delaware Valley Veterans' Home in Philadelphia, the Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center in Scranton, the Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home in Hollidaysburg, the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Erie, the Southeastern Veterans' Center in Spring City and the Southwestern Veterans' Center in Pittsburgh.
Each veterans' home provides essential equipment and furnishings, complete on-site medical and pharmacy services, physical and occupational therapy, and 24-hour nursing care. The homes also offer year-round recreational activities such as crafts, games, musical entertainment, shopping, trips to local sporting events, and other stimulating endeavors.
"Many of the activities we make available to our residents come at a cost so we rely on the donations made to each homes' Resident Welfare Fund to help us offset these added expenses," said Beck. "Individuals and businesses can support our veterans by making a donation to any of the six Resident Welfare Funds, and the money will be used to provide activities, trips and entertainments for residents. Donations can now be made conveniently online at our website."
The homes provide personal, skilled nursing and dementia care in a safe, secure and caring environment.
"State Veterans' Homes Week is also an opportunity to draw attention to the employment opportunities we have since the homes employ food service workers, custodial and maintenance staff, administrative and clerical staff, and a wide variety of nursing and healthcare professionals," Beck added.
For more information about admission, employment, volunteer opportunities or Resident Welfare Fund donations at a state veterans' home, visit State Veterans' Home System or follow DMVA on Facebook or Twitter.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs