Philadelphia, PA - Pennsylvania's six veterans homes, operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), are honoring their residents, family members and staff with week-long festivities during the annual Veterans Homes Week, June 10-16, 2018.The DMVA provides personal and skilled nursing care to more than 1,300 veterans and their spouses in a safe and caring environment.
Numerous activities and entertainment are planned throughout the week, such as fishing tournaments and museum tours. These greatly benefit the residents by increasing their social interactions and promoting a more active lifestyle. The cost for most of these activities are offset by each home's Resident Welfare Fund. Donations to these funds can be made online at Resident Welfare Fund donations.
"Veterans Homes Week is the ideal time to show gratitude to our veterans and their family members, and to recognize the staff at each home for taking such great care of our residents," said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general and head of the DMVA.
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.
The public is welcome to experience the outstanding level of care provided to the residents and inquire about the admissions process at any of the following open houses:
- Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center in Scranton, 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 10
- Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home in Hollidaysburg, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12
- Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home in Erie, 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13
- Southeastern Veterans' Center in Spring City, 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16
These four homes plus the Delaware Valley Veterans' Home in Philadelphia and the Southwestern Veterans' Center in Pittsburgh are available throughout the year for individual tours.