With two bad knees, 84-year-old Jeanne Strouse needed patience. First one knee had to be replaced, then the other, before she could walk again. But she didn’t want to wait a minute longer to get out of her wheelchair. So, after successful surgery to replace the second knee at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Strouse asked to return to the best short-term rehabilitation facility she knew: United Hebrew of New Rochelle.
The New York City resident says she had stayed at United Hebrew in Westchester after her first knee was replaced, and she was confident that the therapists at United Hebrew, who are all trained by the renowned Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, would get her back on her feet. She asked for the same therapeutic team who had helped her during her first stay. Today, Strouse says, “I’m walking on my own!”
“What helped me recover quickly is intensive therapy, seven days a week,” says Strouse. “The therapists are so knowledgeable. They had me walking, lifting, and pedaling. The equipment was fantastic, especially the NuStep machine.”
Private Room, Intensive Therapy
Strouse says she began each day on United Hebrew’s short-term rehabilitation unit with a hearty breakfast, followed by physical and occupational therapy. She explains that during her sessions, the staff were very attentive, and carefully monitored her progress. After her therapy sessions, she had time to participate in the many activities offered by United Hebrew’s recreation staff, such as art classes, music performances, and lectures.
Strouse, who retired after a career in travel and hospitality, says another reason she chose to return to United Hebrew was to enjoy its amenities, such as the activities and excellent food. She enjoyed having her own private room, where she could rest when she wanted.
Strouse says staying at United Hebrew was like a “vacation” at a “resort.” The facility is “spotless,” and every staff member she encountered was “incredibly kind and helpful,” she points out.
“I could not have asked for more,” Strouse says of her rehab experience. “Everything I needed was handled quickly and efficiently. All I had to do was ask, and I could see that the same was true for other rehab patients around me.”