Rivergate Ice Show

In early 2017, Rivergate Health Care Center and Rivergate Terrace will host its first ever Rivergate Ice Show.

Both Rivergate Health Care Center and Rivergate Terrace are Life Care Centers of America facilities, and patients and residents receive top-notch physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as nursing home care within the establishments. Services at the facilities include rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s care, long-term care, balance and prevention training, respiratory care, hospice care, IV therapy, and wound care.

As a way to give back to the community they serve, the Rivergate facilities planned a day of fun for residents and patients, their families, and the rest of the community.

“We all get a case of cabin fever come mid February, and we wanted to give people in the community an opportunity to get out of the house, spend no money and have fun,” says Jennifer Crosthwaite, who serves as the marketing director of both the Rivergate Terrace and the Health Care Center.

The Rivergate Ice Show is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 and will feature ice sculptures from community businesses, two live ice sculpture carvings, free hot cocoa, coffee, popcorn, kids crafts, chili tasting, DJ music, and much more. There will also be raffle prizes for different age groups.

The live ice sculpture carvings, created by Ice Dreams Sculptures, are set for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The woman behind the carvings is Tajana Raukar, a seven-time world champion. Raukar has been carving ice sculptures for years, and it’s always fun to see people’s reactions, she says. “You know it’s going to melt, but you still like to see it,” she explains. “It’s a different medium for art.”

February is the perfect time for an exciting event like this, Raukar adds. “In February, you’re already sick and tired of the winter, so you want to start walking and doing something. You want to do a little bit more while you’re waiting for the spring to come.”

The ice sculptures will melt within either hours, days, or weeks, depending on the weather. With the holiday season over but the weather still cold, it’s nice to have a change of scenery in the community, Raukar notes. “It’s a little different than just staying at home and watching TV. You have to walk around and kind of be a part of it.”

Crosthwaite is excited to give the community something extra to look forward to this winter. “I think this gives people a sense of small town community feel,” she says. “Not just Riverview, but all the Downriver community families need events like this to be able to enjoy and not break the bank. Rivergate would like to provide that for everyone.”

Life Care Centers of America works to be known as the premier facility in each community in which it operates, and it is committed to being a top-notch provider of long-term health care. Its mission to residents includes believing that their residents are the highest priority and that, as such, they deserve respect and rights in a loving, caring, resident-centered environment. Life Care Centers of America also believes that a resident’s family should be closely involved, that each of its centers should be responsive to the long-term health care needs of those it serves, and that each center should be a quality corporate citizen of the community.

The Rivergate Ice Show will take place at 10 a.m. in front of the Rivergate Terrace at the parking area of Dr. Bush’s medical office. Rivergate Terrace is located at 14141 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview.

Those interested in learning more about the Rivergate Ice Show or the facilities in general can contact Jennifer Crosthwaite, Rivergate Marketing Director, at 734-231-2522 or visit rivergateterrace.com