WARWICK, NY (July 24) – Have some Tzatziki. From Monday, July 14, through Friday, July 18, residents at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick, NY Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System assembled in the dining room each day to celebrate National Therapeutic Recreation Week with a series of visual and culinary tours around the world.
The National Therapeutic Recreation Society established National Therapeutic Recreation Week in 1984. This special week has been celebrated during the second week of July annually since then.
Through the miracle of modern technology and the creative efforts of the staff, Schervier Pavilion residents were able to watch travelogues, hear the music, learn interesting facts and sample the foods of countries ranging from far away Japan to France, Holland, Greece and Mexico.
On one day, for example, residents had an opportunity to travel by video along the Mediterranean visiting Turkey, Greece and Italy while sampling pita, a slightly leavened wheat bread, dipped in Tzatziki, a Greek sauce made of yogurt mixed with fresh dill, garlic and lemon juice.
The week ended with a journey to Mexico as residents had an opportunity to move to the distinct sounds of Mariachi music while staff and volunteers prepared and served traditional Nachos, which are tortilla chips with melted cheese, along with south of the border beverages.
“These celebrations and fun events have an important value in long term care at Schervier Pavilion,“ said Kari Call, a certified therapy recreation specialist (CTRS). “Therapeutic recreation is essential to the quality of life and the quality of care of individuals receiving health and human services.” As Director of Recreation, Call’s job is to provide recreation resources and opportunities for both the long and short-term residents of the skilled nursing home in order to maintain and improve their health and well being.
All programs at Schervier Pavilion are designed to meet the psychosocial and physical needs of the residents with activities that are not only enjoyable but are also intended to achieve this goal.
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.