Colorfully costumed Polish Dancers, several social get-togethers including a Mothers’ Day tea, a visit by a popular entertainer, an International Day sampling and a car show were among the many events that occurred at Schervier Pavilion during the celebration of National Nursing Home Week, May 12 – 19.
However, the events are not out of the ordinary for the skilled nursing facility, which is part of the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System.
“Therapeutic recreation,” said Kari Call, “is essential to the quality of life and the quality of care of individuals receiving health and human services.” Call, a certified therapy recreation specialist (CTRS) serves as Director of Recreation at Schervier Pavilion. Her job is to provide recreation resources and opportunities for the residents seven days a week. “We publish a calendar every month that’s filled with interesting and entertaining events for our residents throughout the day as well as some evenings.” she reported.
On Monday, May 13, Schervier Pavilion staff and residents assembled for an opening ceremony hosted by Administrator Lisa Brocky who conducted a special employee and resident recognition program. She began by introducing two residents, Camille Dennono and Ernestine Freisinger, both over age 100 and members of Schervier Pavilion’s Century Club. Brocky then gave out special recognition awards to various departments and to 14 long-term employees for their high standard of dedication, compassion and generosity towards co-workers, residents and their families.
Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard also attended the event and issued a proclamation, declaring this week National nursing home week.
National Nursing Home Week was established by the American Health Care Association to honor those who promote quality of care at nursing home facilities, including residents, family members, volunteers, community, and staff. According to the Association, the theme for this year’s celebration, “Team Care,” is meant to recognize residents and patients in long term and post-acute care settings, the dedicated staff who care for them, and the value of care planning where everyone “pitches in” for optimal outcomes.
“I would like to take this opportunity during National Nursing Home Week,” said Brocky, “to thank all those who provide dedicated and compassionate service for our most vulnerable seniors and persons with disabilities. Thanks to their skill and dedication, we are able to help each resident achieve the highest level of independence possible.”
Schervier Pavilion, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is a 120-bed skilled nursing facility licensed by the New York State Department of Health. Dedicated to the highest standard of health care excellence, its full range of services, such as its therapeutic recreational program, are designed to respond to each individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
In addition to quality long term care services, Schervier Pavilion also offers a wide range of short-term (sub acute) care needs. Its sub acute services include IV therapy, Rehabilitation therapy and wound care. These services afford residents the ability to recuperate for a short time in the sub-acute unit of the facility and then return to the community where they can resume a more independent life. In some cases, they can then enter Schervier Pavilion’s Day-At-A-Time, an innovative medical adult day care program that provides nursing services, medication administration, ongoing evaluations, and stimulating activities tailored to each individual’s needs and abilities.