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How do you pick 1 person who was so special when where are so many to choose from? My husband Thomas Ingrassia was here for 4 months. From 02/31/2014 – 04/11/2015 and during that time he had a lot of ups and down. The nurses and aides were very patient and caring with him. He had gotten to like quite a few of them, so I find it hard to choose. His condition had gotten worse in time and was put on comfort care. Everyone involved during this time from the nurses, aides, kitchen, dietary, maintenance, everyone was very caring and considerate. Comfort Care is what they gave him right to the end. He was very well taken care of.
My family and I cannot say enough about everyone who was involved in making Tom know that he was important to them. Ten Broeck also became my home away from home for those 4 months. I am truly grateful to everyone for the concern they showed for me and my family. All I can say is God bless you all and that we appreciate everything you have all done. On April/11/2015 he went home to be with the Lord. Thank you for making his journey a peaceful and painless one.
Dear Ms. Romaguera,
I am writing in regards to your staff in the Catskill Unit and the care they provided to my mother, Barbara Salvino. Everyone on your staff seemed to go above and beyond in everything they did. They not only took wonderful care of my mom, they also showed her an enormous amount of compassion and love.
As we visited with her during her final days, everyone also seemed to go out of their way to make sure we were comfortable as well. Every time we turned around someone was wheeling a tray of food in, from bagels in the morning, sandwiches around lunchtime, and cheese and crackers in the evenings. I may need to book a vacation with you! One night my sister and I spend the night with her. We told your staff we were fine and didn’t need a thing. Regardless, they brought in a recliner for my sister to sleep on and put a mattress on the floor for me.
When my mother did pass, she did so surrounded by love and respect. I can not for the life of me imagine her leaving this world from a better place.
I did not get everyone’s name who was instrumental in caring for mom but I would like to acknowledge a few people that seemed to stand out. Nurse Mary O’Haire was literally a God send, Nurse Aide Amanda, as well as Lisa Mcgowan and Pete Gallo from the kitchen staff.
So, on behalf of the entire Salvino family, thank you and all the special people of Ten Broeck’s Catskill Unit.
I just wanted to write a note to thank you for the wonderful care my mom received at your facility.
My mother, Roseann Harominek, fell and after a stay at Benedictine, was transferred to Ten Broeck for additional rehab for a broken elbow and pelvis.
I can’t say enough about the staff. Everyone involved in my mom’s care was outstanding; PT, OT, nurses and CNA’s.
Please accept my deepest thanks and gratitude. My mom walks better now than before her accident.
Thank you again for running this first-rate facility.
Kara and Ashokan Staff,
I can’t thank you, Kara, Kimberly, and all the staff on the Ashokan unit for the kindness you showed my Aunt Marion, and me as well, during her stay there, and especially during the last stages of her life. I will forever be grateful to all of you for caring for her and keeping her comfortable. Please continue the wonderful work.
Thank you very much for the lovely card I received from everyone. My Aunt Marion loved everyone there, despite her attitude at times, and I know you all cared about her. She will be greatly missed by a lot of people, especially her family.
I also would like to thank Michelle Lyons and the rest of the Ten Broeck staff who helped ME during this trying time, to sort things out since it was all new to me.
Again, thank you for everything.
-Debbie Soura & Family
Dear Jamie, Diane, Lisa, Rachel, Erica, nursing aides, social workers, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, activities staff, kitchen and all others who helped make Ten Broeck a loving home for my dear Aunt Nancy in the last years of her life. (I wish I could name you all by name! Though I don’t know all your names I know your faces and I know the good work you do!)
To all of you at Ten Broeck who helped create a loving home for my dear Aunt Nancy, I extend a heartfelt expression of gratitude. All of you are wonderful, compassionate caregivers and I thank you for the love and care you gave Nancy and give every resident of Ten Broeck. Over the years Nancy was given every opportunity to maintain wellness and enjoyment of her life. I remember walking in when she would be shuffling her feet to move her wheelchair down to her beloved Hudson Room or to be the social butterfly visiting other residents’ rooms. And I remember the panic attacks she had and the patience that was necessary to calm her down. I remember the fun she had at Bingo and how she enjoyed meatballs and soup and chocolate ice cream. I remember the attentive care the nurses and doctors and therapists gave her to keep her functioning in an optimal way; treating her illnesses and providing services. There were always plenty of smiles, hugs, and kisses – the best medicine of all!
All of you are special people providing an enormously important service. The work you do, every day, has a tremendous impact on people as they live through the very difficult transition into old age and disability. You ARE their family and every kindness you offer them has an impact on their lives.
As I have told many of you, never ever think that the work you do is not important. It IS important, and shapes the final years of these residents’ lives. God bless you for the work you do!
-Roberta T. Erena, M.D. and niece of Nancy Erena
(I signed this with my M.D. designation because Aunt Nancy was so proud of me and always wanted to introduce me to you as “my niece, the doctor!”)
To the Nursing Staff,
Thank you so much for all your care of my brother, Joe O’Connor, while he was a potential resident.
Katie and my Ten Broeck Family,
Love the flowers. Thank you for your kindness and support during this difficult time.
Ten Broeck Family,
Thank you for the lovely [flower] arrangement you sent to [my] mother, Jane Kimball. It [was] really beautiful. My mother [cuts off] love loved it. Thanks for your [cut off] over the last months while mom was in the hospital and nursing home.
-Lorisea & Family
Thanks so much for mom’s flowers, as well as to the Catskill & Foxhall units for her care over the years.
I just want to thank you for the good care you gave my Chet.
I know he could get a bit “ornery” at times but you always helped him.
So many thanks & love to everyone.
– Love, Kathy Bridges
You never know how your life is going to turn out. I had a good life. A husband and two children, but once you lose one, your heart just breaks. My husband gave my children and me a good life and when he died, everything changed. But with God’s strength, I am where I am today. Not knowing how my life would end up with suffering for the past 7 years from anxiety waiting to be with my husband again. One day I had to choose what was best for my life. The only thing I could think of was to come to Ten Broeck.
When I walked into this place, I knew this is where I would spend the rest of my life. Dr. Dolamore and Laura Robinson made me feel comfortable. So I believed I had made a good choice. When I was settled, I roomed with a lady I called GG whom I would try to help out when and what I could. I enjoyed her company. The staff on the Catskill Unit treated me nice. I was in good company with all of them. Soon after I was transferred to Foxhall. They all greeted me as if they had known me my whole life. I am now with a lady whom I get along with. All the staff here on Foxhall are good to me. Best of all, when I met Mary Anne Stakes, I took to her right away. She was like family.
My other friend, Mary O’Hare on Catskill was also nice to me and treated me like family. I feel so secure with Mary Ann and I love her so much and when she is not here, I feel like something is missing in my life. I like all the girls here. Dr. Dolamore always gives me a compliment on how nice I look. I do try to call this my home but I still feel lost, not having my own home with my yard and to do my everyday routine. Mary Ann is like a mother to all her staff. She makes me feel at ease. She is like a mother to me. Never take your life for granted.
I also wanted to thank Jennifer Walsh for all that she does. She gives us different things to do and has a great heart. Jennifer can be anyone’s child. She could even be mine. I thank her for all that she has done for me. When I need something, I look for my friend Jennifer. God bless all of these people.
A sincere word of gratitude to you, Kimberly, and all the staff of the Esopus Unit and Ten Broeck for the lovely floral bouquet you sent in honor of Bro. George. They brightened our grief and reminded us of the wonderful care you gave to George over the past few years.
When we could no longer care for him ourselves in our community of Brothers, it was a great relief for us to see what a warm, home-like environment you have created at Ten Broeck. “Family spirit” is an important part of our Marianist spirituality, and you welcomed George into your family with open arms. Your attention to the dress and grooming of each resident, the perpetual holiday decorations, and the many celebrations are a marvelous sign of your own “family spirit.” As George declined and required more and more care, you treated him with increasing dignity and grace. We are especially gratefully to the attention you gave to his spiritual care, making sure that he participated in Mass, Communion, and the Rosary. Even when George could no longer say his prayers or respond to the services, I believe that his mind and heart were praying- and I am sure that he was praying for all of you.
Thank you also for the welcome you always extended to us when we visited. Brothers Joe, Robert and (the other) George were always greeted warmly and kept well informed about George’s condition. When I or any of the other Brothers would visit more occasionally, the staff made sure that we could have the best possible visit with George.
May God bless each and every one of you in this difficult yet beautiful work you have embraced of caring for God’s most fragile children as they reach the end of life.
With our prayers and gratitude,
-Bro. Timothy Driscoll, S.M. and the Marianist Brothers