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Learn more about short-term and long-term care:

Understanding Long-Term Care

Skype Service is available for Residents
For details, call the Activities office: (845) 871-3705. TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220

The Thompson House at Northern Dutchess Hospital

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Choosing the right nursing home for your family member may be one of the most important decisions you make for his or her care. The Northern Dutchess Residential Health Care Facility, Inc., also known as The Thompson House, is designed for both long-term and short-term residency and is located on the beautiful, landscaped grounds of the Northern Dutchess Hospital. A not-for-profit skilled nursing facility with 100 beds, it combines a warm, personalized setting with on-site medical teams and the latest in therapeutic services.

Short-Term vs. Long-Term Care

Many residents come to The Thompson House for short-term rehabilitation therapy with the goal of increasing strength and independence prior to returning home. Once you meet these goals, we will arrange for you to return safely home to continue your recuperation.

Long-term residents also receive physical, occupational and/or speech therapy to maintain functional ability at the highest level possible. We are committed to providing long-term residents with the best quality of life by promoting independence in all activities of daily living.


We treat a broad range of orthopedic, neurological, neuromuscular and arthritic disorders, including:

  • Stroke
  • Fractures
  • Joint replacements
  • Amputations
  • Circulatory problems
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Parkinson's disease

Post-Operative Amputee Program

This specialized program is designed to provide post-operative, pre-prosthetic, amputative care, in a collaboration of services between The Thompson House and the Rosenthal Rehabilitation Center. Initial treatment and prosthetic measurement begins here, and then the patient is transferred to Rosenthal for inpatient therapy before returning home.

Feel at Home at The Thompson House

What truly distinguishes life at The Thompson House is our at-home feel. Our handsomely decorated private and semi-private rooms boast large picture windows, and we offer spacious lounges for family gatherings in quiet corners of each unit. Table service dining, in-house laundry, cable TV, Internet and a beauty/barber shop add to the comfort and ease of daily living. During the summer months residents and families may also utilize our patios, gazebo and canopy for get-togethers, parties and events. “Skype visits” can be arranged for those whose loved ones live a distance away.

We also provide a full range of recreational activities, including religious services for all faiths and access to our flower and vegetable gardens. Even family pets (dog or cat) may visit as long as they remain leashed. Pet owners must also show a certificate from a veterinarian stating that the animal is in good health, up to date on shots and even-tempered.

Living Arrangements

Because we want to help Thompson House residents feel at home, married couples are allowed to live in the same room together as long as it is in the best interest of each person. With their physician’s approval, residents can return home for a holiday or weekend. If the resident is being covered under Medicaid, he/she must be in the facility for 30 consecutive days before any temporary leave-taking.


For more information about The Thompson House or for admission, please contact:

Admissions Coordinator
(845) 871-3760
TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220

Insurance Medicare and Medicaid

There are many kinds of coverage available. Some policies offer skilled nursing benefits; others don’t or pay only partial benefits. Please check with your own insurance carrier to see if you have the necessary coverage.

Medicare provides limited support in part for up to 100 days per spell of illness following a hospital stay only if clinical criteria is met. A stay at The Thompson House must also be directly related to the reason for the hospitalization. A physician certification is required for a short-term rehabilitative stay.

Please note that per Medicare guidelines, each case is reviewed weekly, and residents and families are notified when the resident no longer meets clinical criteria for continued Medicare benefits.

Medicaid eligibility is complicated and its guidelines change frequently. If you have limited funds, please contact the Department of Social Services regarding your eligibility.


Northern Dutchess Hospital
The Thompson House
6525 Springbrook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Phone: (845) 871-3760
TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220