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.