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Karen, Germantown, NY

I had two strokes, a heart attack and pneumonia on Oct. 23, 2015. I was discharged on Nov. 20. I had an excellent experience. My care was extraordinary, and the nurses and staff were really accommodating, really patient with me. When I couldn’t communicate verbally, they took care of all of my needs without agitation and with a fine attitude. I can’t say enough about the care. You hopefully don’t know what it’s like to be dependent on people; they never made me feel embarrassed.

Catherine, Pine Plains, NY

I broke my femur. After I had my operation, I didn’t want to go to rehab, but it was a blessing in disguise. I was there approximately eight days, and it was absolutely wonderful. I had my own private room, own bathroom, everything was private.

I went from being in a wheelchair to a walker in ONE day! I had OT and PT three hours per day, and it was hard work, but it was fantastic. They trained me how to operate in my own home; I’m so used to doing everything, so I had to change methods of doing things. They taught me how to get around the kitchen to cook. They even did a cooking demo with me. They took care of every detail of life. I can’t say enough about physical therapy. I recommended it highly to another person, and he was also thrilled. He was in a nursing home, and he didn’t think he would ever go home again; he’s now home.

I couldn’t find a thing to change about this place. I had complete care at all times. If I had to ring the bell in the middle of the night to get up because I couldn’t do it by myself, they were there in an instant. I speak of them highly every time I hear of someone going in for surgery.

Richard, Millbrook, NY

I was diabetic, and started having complications after my 50th birthday. I lost a toe first, but my situation became life-threatening, so I decided to go ahead with a below-the-knee amputation of my left leg. The surgery was done at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and I was at the Paul Rosenthal Rehabilitation Center within two or three days.

I was not a good diabetic, and there was no way I was going to be able to do this by myself. I put on a lot of weight after I turned 25; I was always out at night and eating bad food. After 25 years, I thought there was no way I could do what they expected of me and get back on two feet again with a prosthetic leg.

I cannot say enough about Carolyn and Andy, my two physical therapists. They prepared me to heal my leg before getting the prosthetic; they prepared me to be able to do things with only one leg when I got home. Laura was the one who taught me how to take a shower, and transfer from wheelchair to seat. She taught me how to stand and position myself so I could cook an egg and wash dishes. I actually looked forward to my sessions of PT and OT.

The nurses, doctors and other staff were incredible. I was in rehab for 22 days, and my stay there was awesome. They have compassion and eased my stress and embarrassment. They were there to push me and to help me get better. They saved my life, and they put it back on track. One of the greatest feelings I ever had was leaving there on the Friday before Thanksgiving. I didn’t get a prosthetic leg for two more months, but they taught me how to live my life without it.