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 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey has proclaimed the week of May 9-15 as Long Term Health Services Week in Pennsylvania, it was announced today.
 In his proclamation, Casey commended the efforts of dedicated staff members, volunteers and service representatives for "providing quality care to the residents, and helping them to maintain their dignity and independence." Casey added that health care professionals work year-round "to ensure that nursing homes and personal care homes are offering their residents the best possible care."
 According to Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) President Robert C. Lohr, Long Term Health Services Week means an opportunity for individuals to learn more about the quality care delivered by nursing homes and personal care homes in their community. "Long term care providers are dedicated to providing quality care and educating citizens in their communities about the quality of long term care services available."
 Casey and Lohr encourage the public to visit a long term care facility in their community. Says Lohr, "With the growing number of elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians, it has become increasingly important for all members of the community to gain a better understanding of long term care and to support quality of life in nursing and personal care homes by visiting the residents of these homes."
 The association is currently completing regional directories of long term residences throughout Pennsylvania. For additional information on the directories or to receive a free guide to choosing a nursing home, contact Janet Wall at PHCA, 2401 Park Drive, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110; 717-657-4902.
 PHCA represents approximately 250 nursing homes and personal care homes across the commonwealth.
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