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Schervier Pavilion residents celebrate Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday and it’s traditionally a time to celebrate and eat well before the season of Lent.

Although celebrated throughout the world, most people in the United States associate the event with the City of New Orleans. But on Tuesday, February 17, the residents of Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, had an opportunity to celebrate Mardi Gras with a traditional New Orleans King Cake party.

The lavish costumes and parades may not have been part of this event but it was fun celebration none the less and opportunities to participate in traditional events are always available to the residents.

In addition to special Mardi Gras refreshments and treats like punch and chocolate doubloons, the residents, many wearing colorful purple, green and gold hats and beads, were treated to recorded New Orleans music and songs like “Jambalaya, On the Bayou.”

The highlight of the afternoon was the cutting and serving of the King Cake. King Cake is made of a cinnamon-filled dough in the shape of a hollow circle. The cake has a small plastic baby inserted and, according to custom, the person who gets the piece of cake with the baby has to throw the next party.

“We hosted this and other events to give our residents and often their families an opportunity to share a holiday tradition,” said Schervier Pavilion Director of Recreation Kari Call. “We’re happy that our residents were able to enjoy this Mardi Gras celebration.”

As Director of Recreation, her 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.

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 home 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.

 

SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS CELEBRATE VETERANS’ DAY

American Legion Representatives Present Certificates of Appreciation to Resident Veterans

Opportunities to participate in traditional events are always available to the residents at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of the Bon Secours Charity Health System.

On Tuesday, November 11, representatives from Warwick’s American Legion Nicholas P. Lesando Jr. Post 214 joined Schervier Pavilion residents, families and staff. They were there to help celebrate Veterans Day, a special event for the 19 residents who proudly served in all branches of military service, many as far back as World War II.

The program began with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Recreational Director Kari Call. The Legionnaires then handed out Certificates of Appreciation, one by one, to all those residents present who were veterans.

After everyone sang the National Anthem, the recreation staff served cake and refreshments. Members of the American Legion stayed for the celebration and had an opportunity to swap military stories with the resident veterans.

“I would like to thank everyone who participated in our Veterans’ Day celebration,” said Call. “We are especially grateful to the members of the American Legion who took time from their day to share this celebration with us and to honor the veterans at our facility. We thank all of you for your service.”

As Director of Recreation, her 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 psycho-social and physical needs of the residents with activities that are not only enjoyable but are also intended to achieve this goal.

SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS’ DAY

Day at the Oscars picnic held outdoors at Bon Secours Warwick Campus skilled nursing facility

Grandparents Day 2It was a day at the Oscars….

On Saturday, September 6, Schervier Pavilion residents, their families, staff and volunteers took the Hollywood “red carpet” path and gathered together under a huge tent to enjoy the annual “Grandparents’ Day” picnic.

And, in the spirit of this year’s Hollywood theme, many of the guests, staff members and residents wore evening gowns and bow ties or came dressed as a famous movie star. But more important, it was an opportunity for generations of families to visit their loved ones and enjoy a traditional end-of- summer celebration.

The staff prepared lots of barbecue favorites and families and residents enjoyed good weather as predicted storms held off until later that evening. There were also games for the children and traditional movie popcorn and candies, free of charge. And thanks to the fundraising efforts of Schervier Pavilion staff, the Jeremy Langdale Band, was also on hand to provide musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. But most of all, residents stated that they enjoyed getting together with their families for a fun afternoon.

Administrator Lisa Brocky welcomed everyone and introduced her staff. Schervier Pavilion Chaplain Father Jamie Bono, IVD, then gave an invocation.

“They were so excited about how well our Grandparents Day was received last year that they immediately began planning for this year’s event,” said Brocky. “It’s a blessing to work with this wonderful staff, which is so dedicated to our residents.

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.

Schervier Pavilion Residents and Staff Participate in Talent Show During National Nursing Home Week

WARWICK – (June 4) Living the Aloha Spirit” was the theme for this year’s National Nursing Home Week, May 11-17. And for many residents the highlight of a weeklong series of get-togethers at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System, was a talent show with a Hawaiian touch.

Both residents and staff participated in songs, skits and humorous stage acts including a creative finale where members of the staff and administration, all comically dressed in swimming caps, goggles and swimwear performed a synchronized water ballet behind a blue tarp.

Other entertaining events during National Nursing Home Week included visits by popular entertainers, a limbo contest and tiki bar party. However, the events were 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, a certified therapy recreation specialist (CTRS) who serves as Director of Recreation at Schervier Pavilion “is essential to the quality of life and the quality of care of individuals receiving health and human services.”

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.

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Schervier Pavilion Residents and Staff Celebrate National Nursing Home Week

 Weeklong series of events feature an Hawaiian theme: “ Aloha.”

WARWICK – (May 20) Aloha in the Hawaiian language is a greeting that means affection, peace, compassion and mercy.

“Living the Aloha Spirit” was the theme for this year’s National Nursing Home Week, May 11-17. And according to the American Health Care Association, by living the Aloha spirit, you show others love and respect and joyfully share life in order to create a better world. The goal in long term and post-acute skilled nursing care centers is always person-centered team care in a harmonious, caring environment. This is “Living the Aloha Spirit!”

That was the theme at a weeklong series of get-togethers including a Mother’s Day social, visits by popular entertainers, a talent show, a limbo contest and tiki bar party that were among many events that occurred at Schervier Pavilion every day during the celebration of National Nursing Home Week.

However, the events were 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 12, 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 Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard who issued a proclamation naming National Nursing Home Week in the Village of Warwick. “I applaud the men and women who caringly deal with the daily details that help so many and give so many hope and dignity,” he said.

Brocky introduced three residents, Ernestine Freisinger, Ruth Fitzgerald and Bertha Bond, all over age 100, who are members of Schervier Pavilion’s Century Club.

“On behalf of all of us, we thank you very much,” said Fitzgerald, who celebrated her 100th birthday on April 24.

The Schervier Pavilion Administrator then gave out special recognition awards to various departments and to long-term employees for their high standard of dedication, compassion and generosity towards co-workers, residents and their families.

“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.”

Brocky also mentioned that Nursing Home Compare, a useful tool for consumers available on the official United States Government Website for Medicare, recently awarded Schervier Pavilion its highest “much above average” five-star rating in overall quality.

“That was the result of a team effort by our staff and feedback from residents and their families,” she said. “We thank all of you.”

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.

 

SCHERVIER PAVILION SKILLED NURSING FACILITY IN WARWICK, NY RECEIVES FIVE STAR RATING IN OVERALL QUALITY

Nursing Home Compare, a useful tool for consumers available on the official United States Government Website for Medicare, recently awarded Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick, NY campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System, its highest “much above average” five-star rating in overall quality.

Nursing Home Compare allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality of care information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country, including over 15,000 nationwide.

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.

“We are extremely proud of the work our care team has accomplished to achieve this five star rating,” said Schervier Pavilion Administrator Lisa Brocky. “We strive to give our residents the quality of life and level of dignity they deserve. This prestigious recognition is a tribute to the hard work of our team and their dedication to providing excellent care to our residents.”

SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS CELEBRATE THE KENTUCKY DERBY

No one had money on the winning horse but they were all off to the races.

On Friday, May 2, residents at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick, NY Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System assembled in the dining room to celebrate the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

“My old Kentucky Home,” played in the background while recreation aide Sue Ernhout handed out colorful hats to the ladies. She explained that it was a long tradition for both men and women to pull out all the stops when it came to dressing for the annual event and that the ladies typically wear special Derby headwear and accessories to showcase the finest in spring fashions.

A Kentucky Derby horse-racing quiz that followed revealed that many of the residents were familiar with the sport of kings. And in keeping with a long Derby tradition, all the residents were served a non-alcoholic version of the Mint Julep.

“Celebrating popular 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.

SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS ENJOY A SPRING FLING

Minute games 2For several days during the week beginning Tuesday, April 22, the residents of Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick, NY Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System, were invited to participate in several minute-to-win games inspired by the popular NBC TV show.

The three day series was named, “A spring fling,” and modified minute-to-win games, such as forming two teams to race against the minute timer while passing items back and forth from a shopping bag or a minute bean bag toss contest produced much laughter and were not only fun but therapeutic as well.

“Games and entertainment 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.

Bon Secours Charity Health System Thanks Volunteers

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Last year volunteers at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY donated a record 80,014 hours of their time in service.

On May 1 these three hospitals of the Bon Secours Charity Health System invited volunteers to a Recognition Luncheon held at the picturesque Fountains Wallkill Golf Course in Middletown, NY. It was an opportunity for Bon Secours Charity Health System senior administrators to express their gratitude to the many dedicated men and women, ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens, who donate their time and energy.

Following a tradition that began last year, the theme of this special luncheon was “stars,” not only in tribute to the famous stars of stage and screen but also to the “stars” invited to the luncheon who selflessly volunteer their service throughout the year. Later in the program and much to everyone’s amusement, there was also a surprise visit by ”Diana Ross and the Supremes,” as played by Penny Mann, system director of volunteers, Volunteer Manager Amy Moore, and volunteer coordinators Lynn Beers and Andrea Studnitzer.

Mann acted as emcee for the day and told her audience of volunteers that they were essential to the success of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. She added that their service had resulted in immeasurable savings in resources that can be employed to provide the best possible healthcare in each community where they serve. “You are stars and stars produce light,” she said. “That’s what we see in our volunteers. And without light there is darkness.”

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Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System thanked and praised the volunteers for their valuable service to the community. “We appreciate all that you do,” she said.

Jeff Reilly, senior vice president/administrator Bon Secours Community Hospital and St. Anthony Community Hospital, echoed those sentiments. “We could not achieve all that we do without you,” he said. “You are always there for us.”

Deborah Marshall, vice president of public relations, marketing and strategic planning for Bon Secours Charity Health System served as awards presenter. She praised the volunteers for the important role they play and paid special tribute, presenting the Above and Beyond Award, to John Gafycz, an especially hard working volunteer who maintains the grounds at Bon Secours Community Hospital.

Volunteers Jim Toth of Bon Secours Community Hospital, Betty La Barbera of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Jane Beaty of St. Anthony Community Hospital received Volunteer of the Year Awards. 

Guests also participated in a raffle for gift certificates and merchandise provided by local businesses.

“It’s wonderful that they do this for us,” said Patrick Colman of Warwick, a longtime volunteer at St. Anthony Community Hospital.

 

SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING OF THE 2014 BASEBALL SEASON

It was “Play ball!” on April 1 at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System, as residents gathered in the dining hall to celebrate the beginning of the 2014 baseball season.

Residents were assembled on two opposite sides, one for Yankee fans and the other for those who favored the Mets. And the staff also showed which team they supported by the tee shirts and jerseys they were wearing.

Although the Major League baseball season was already in full swing, it was still a traditional “Opening Day,” party for the residents at Schervier Pavilion. And during that afternoon they had an opportunity to sing, “Take me out to the ball game,” symbolically toss out the first ball, talk about baseball history, enjoy hot dogs with mustard and relish and even pause for a seventh inning stretch.

One of the highlights of the party that brought more than a few laughs was a short skit performed by Kari Call, director of recreation and Roselle Egan, a recreation aide. The two reenacted the famous Abbott and Costello baseball routine, “Who’s on first.”

For those too young to remember the humorous exchange between the 1940s – 1950s era comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, the laughs came from the confusion that arises when the comics discuss a team of baseball players with names like Who, What and Tomorrow.

After their skit, the residents were treated to a video of the same routine played by the real Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Call and Egan admitted that the two Hollywood comedians, world famous in their day, may have been a little funnier.

Opportunities to participate in traditions like the “Opening Day of Baseball” party and other events are always available to the residents at Schervier Pavilion.

“We publish a calendar every month that’s filled with interesting and entertaining things to do throughout the day as well as some evenings.” Said Call, who is 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 at our facility.”

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.