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.