WARWICK, NY (February 11) – The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, had just begun and for the residents of the Schervier Pavilion long term care facility in Warwick, NY, it was an opportunity to celebrate the International event with a local version including an opening and closing ceremony with week long contests.

On Monday, February 10, the staff and residents started the week with the opening ceremony in the dining hall, which began with the Olympic anthem followed by everyone singing our National Anthem. That was a departure from tradition, since, for the Schervier Pavilion Olympics, the host country was the USA and not Russia.

Residents were invited to pass an Olympic “torch” from one person to another and then, in place of a parade of nations, 20 flags from different countries were handed out and individually waved during the playing of that nation’s national anthem. Those flags were placed on display for the remainder of the week.

Director of Recreation Kari Call, a certified therapy recreation specialist (CTRS), concluded the ceremony with a brief discussion and questions about modern Olympic symbols and traditions such as the Olympic rings, which represent the five inhabited continents. (The Americas are treated as one continent.) and the motto, Citius—Altius—Fortius, which is Latin for “faster, higher, stronger.” The staff then passed out red, white and blue ice cream to everyone.

During the week a modified series of Olympic games, perhaps not exactly like those in Sochi, but fun nevertheless, included “ice fishing,” curling and a “snowball” throw.

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.

“Games and entertainment have an important value in long term care at Schervier Pavilion,” said Call. “Therapeutic recreation is essential to the quality of life and the quality of care of individuals receiving health and human services.”

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.