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.