Bon Secours center for research in geriatric care

The Bon Secours Center for Research in Geriatric Care is a nationally known research center established in January 2006. The Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life of seniors in our programs, and those who will use our services in the future. The Center conducts research on such critical senior issues as pain management, palliative care, end-of-life care, and care of the caregiver.  The center’s mission is to study the needs of seniors and their families in the social context, monitor the achievement of senior service outcomes, evaluate service demonstrations and system reforms, disseminate knowledge on research-based practices in senior care, and provide training and consultation on best practices.

assessment, detection & treatment of pain in nursing home residents with dementia

This three year project, funded by the New York State Department of Health, developed a best practice model to improve the detection, assessment, and treatment of pain in nursing home residents suffering from moderately severe to very severe dementia, who are unable to reliably verbalize their pain.  

the SPOON program: seniors partaking of oral nourishment

While great strides have been made in the past few years to improve end-of-life care, many nursing home residents with dementia approach death with feeding tubes in place, despite research that advises little to no benefit from this form of treatment. The SPOON Program, funded by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, enhances the quality of life for advanced dementia residents brought about by increasing time spent with one-on-one relationships, allowing for the pleasure of tasting food, and reducing the risk for restraints and infections due to tube feeding. 

To volunteer for this program, please contact Grace Bova at 718-548-1700 x270 or

the Schervier community garden: growing together

The Schervier Community Garden is funded by a grant from the Bon Secours Mission Fund that provides a means to foster relationships among diverse members of the community. The community garden, on the grounds of the nursing home, is shared by community seniors, nursing home residents, recipients of two community kitchens, disadvantaged teens and young adults from two community organizations, and developmentally disabled youth from an occupational training center. Education and horticultural therapy are offered to all participants. The Schervier Community Garden is a model of a sustainable, intergenerational, community partnership.

recognizing depression in short-term geriatric rehabilitation residents

Research has indicated that depression may hinder the rehabilitation process and lead to longer stays, re-hospitalization, and even death. This research study, funded through a grant from the New York Community Trust, was designed to test the effectiveness of an evidence-based guideline for detecting depression in short term rehabilitation patients.

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