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<B>The New Year&rsquo;s Day Band performs at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation on Wednesday./Derek Carson</B>
The New Year&rsquo;s Day Band performs at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation on Wednesday./Derek Carson
The New Year’s Day Band performs at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation on Wednesday./Derek Carson

BENNINGTON - Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Centers for Living and Rehabilitation rocked in the New Year on Wednesday, as residents were treated to live music and snacks.

The New Year's Day Band, which is made up of, Bruce Davis, Larry Betit, Phillip Sausville, and his son, Michael Sausville, a group of Bennington residents who all play or have played in other area bands, but get together once a year to perform a single concert at the center on New Year's Day. They played, and some residents sang along, to hit songs from Elvis Presley, John Denver, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and more for about 30 residents of the home.

The Centers for Living and Rehabilitation is part of SVHC, along with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The center handles short-term subacute care, to help transition patients who have had surgery or a stroke back into their homes, as well as long-term care for those who may not be able to live on their own anymore. The 120-bed facility has about 60 long-term residents, and about 30 in short-term care, although that number varies considerably over time.

According to their website, the center's "residents and staff work together to create a caring environment. We celebrate the special interests, talents, and needs of our residents and their families. We involve residents and their families in every aspect of what we do here, and we meet with family members regularly."

The center's short-term care is described as "outcome oriented." "The ultimate outcome is getting you home," says their website, "We have a team of specialists who work with you to set goals and encourage you along that road. This team may include doctors, registered nurses, LPNs, LNAs, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and nutritionists." The facility has a full rehab gym with state of the art equipment for residents to utilize.

The center typically brings in live entertainment for residents for "Happy Hour" every Friday, according to a staff member, as well as for special events such as this.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @DerekCarsonBB