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Dennis resident’s return home after rehab stay surprises even her physician

Nerina McGrath, 88, of Dennis, Mass., was struggling at home with frequent falls and emergency calls before her stay at Windsor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Her initial goals were to walk again and to return home after two hip replacement surgeries. After much perseverance and a successful home safety evaluation, Nerina returned home independently with home care services, nearly one year after arriving at Windsor. Click here for the full story.

After rehab for a total hip replacement, Windsor patient returns home in 11 days

Raymond O’Leary, 75, of West Yarmouth, Mass., arrived at Windsor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after a total hip replacement due to severe osteoarthritis. Raymond’s goal was to return home independently.Click here for the full story.

Windsor provides PT, OT and ST for patient to return home independently

Thomas Ackley, 60, of Harwich, Mass., arrived at Windsor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after being hospitalized for a fall at home. He was unable to ambulate or perform ADLs, and suffered from edema in his lower extremities. His goal, shared with Windsor, was to return home independently. Click here for the full story.

"A Healthy Person Again" after Rehab at Williamstown Commons


Helen Hamlin, of North Adams, is likely more independent than any 94-year-old you’ll ever meet. In fact, she’s probably as active as most people half her age. She still keeps up her house inside, does her yard work outside, does her own shopping, and still manages to have a great social life. But, recently her dogged independence led to a frightening experience.
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"Excellence" at Pilgrim Rehabilitation

For 61-year-old Robert Horne, of Lawrence, Pilgrim Rehabilitation is a familiar place. Suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, Mr. Horne has had trouble over the years with serious infections. Last year, the lingering problem had necessitated a knee replacement performed by Jeffrey Zarin, MD, orthopedic specialist at Boston Medical Center. However, in early September, Mr. Horne knew something was wrong again, saying, “When it gets that bad, I know it’s time to go.”
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"Fantastic, Compassionate" Rehab at Mount Greylock Extended Care

He says that he “knew it right away” after falling down in a local variety store. 87-year-old Lou Sinopoli, of Pittsfield, broke his hip immediately as he mis-stepped while walking to sit down with a cup of coffee.
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"I Would Recommend" Williamstown Commons

For 78-year-old Elizabeth “Betty” Horsfall, of North Adams, respiratory challenges that stem from emphysema have continued to necessitate medical attention and rehabilitation. Over the past few years, she has been admitted to the hospital five times for various breathing troubles. Each time, Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation has been there to help her regain her strength, independence and her quality of life.
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"They Watch Out for Me" at Charlene Manor

At 104, Anna Legeres says her secret to longevity includes staying out of the sun and always using an umbrella at the beach and other sunny locales. Today, she has the same amount of spunk that she had back in the years that she worked at a cotton mill in her hometown of Turners Falls for 30 years, and later at the Erving Paper Mill for 20 years. Proud of her Polish heritage, she was always a very active congregant of the Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, known for the church’s beautiful architecture and vibrant community activities. Recently, Anna began having trouble with her balance, suffering falls, and altogether she was not managing well at home. She would need a specialized combination of rehabilitation and skilled nursing care to help her regain her abilities and a greater level of independence. For Anna, it was clear that Charlene Manor Extended Care, which received a perfect deficiency-free survey by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in 2010, would be the best match for her.
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"Wonderful" Experience with Bourne Manor for Rehab

81-year-old Clifton Eaton, of West Falmouth, is someone who knows how important it is to stay active – physically and mentally. An accomplished retired professional, he is knowledgeable and engaged in national politics, but also enjoys puzzles and other activities that keep his mind sharp. But, earlier this year, he began to have some trouble health-wise, falling three times earlier this year.
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“Confident to go Home,” After Rehab at Linda Manor

When 90-year-old Jane Punska, of Florence, became dizzy, lost her bearings, and fell in late October, she didn’t know exactly what was wrong. But, when she was unable to stand up and was forced to maneuver her way to the telephone to call for help, something was clearly wrong. Following the trip to the emergency room, Jane was referred to Linda Manor for rehabilitation in the hopes to regain her strength and balance.
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“They’re Right There for You” -- Hillcrest Commons for Rehab

“Always on the go” is how 80-year-old Dolly Gray, of Pittsfield, describes herself. That’s also how she made her living for 26 years as a waitress at the old Lenox House restaurant. She was also on the go when it came to helping friends or family, running errands, giving rides and more. Recently, it would be Dolly who would need a helping hand after falling in her living room this past summer. Unable to move to get up and call for help, she shouted out for help. Luckily, her next door neighbor at her condominium was just outside and could hear her calls. The ambulance came and brought her to Berkshire Medical Center, where it was discovered that she had broken her left hip and separated her shoulder. James Harding, MD, of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates performed surgery soon after she was admitted, repairing the hip and inserting a steel rod in her leg. The shoulder was set to heal properly with no surgery needed. Clearly, Dolly would need a strong combination of goal-oriented rehabilitation and nursing care to help her regain her strength and independence. She chose Hillcrest Commons.
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96-year-old recovers after broken hip at Fairview Commons 

The stories that 96-year-old Liesel Taylor, of Stockbridge, can tell are truly remarkable. A Jewish native of Hamburg, Germany, she avoided the Nazi Gestapo and escaped to Britain prior to World War II. She would then join the British Army in the Intelligence Department ascending to the rank of captain by the end of the war. She came to the United States in 1946 raising her family with her husband in the Berkshires, staying active in many ways, including playing tennis until the age of 83. It was in July that Liesel had an unfortunate incident, stepping on her little Scottish Terrier, causing her to slip and fall.
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A Journey to Regain Independence

Breaking his back after falling down the basement stairs in his home, 75-year-old Lawrence Hill might not have walked again. But after successful surgery and a rehab stay at Bourne Manor involving multiple therapies, Larry achieved his ultimate goal: He regained his independence. Click here for the full story.
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A Miraculous Recovery for Pilgrim Rehab's Youngest Patient

On a rainy, foggy Thanksgiving Eve 2007, just after 6:30 PM, athletic Aubrie Ceres, then 21, decided to dash across the street from her home to Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee. Instead, as she later told The Salem News, “My life changed in the blink of an eye.” 
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A Mishap Leads to an Exceptional Rehab Experience

After breaking his hip socket and pelvic bone in a fall at home, Jeffrey Jackson chose to let his injuries heal naturally, aided by physical therapy. That made quality rehab crucial to his recovery. 
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A New Concept in Rehab Makes Recovery Easier

Pam Rapkowicz, only 52, wasnt sure how best to recuperate after knee-replacement surgery. Until she visited our all-private-rooms rehab wing with hotel-like amenities.
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A Remarkable Recovery at East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing

85-year-old Anna Ronzoni is humble. She doesn’t think much of her remarkable recovery from fungal dermatitis and sepsis that led her to being cared for in a hospice bed. But, for those who have been by her side, helping her to get back on her feet, she has quite simply been a source of sheer inspiration.
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A Remarkable Recovery at Hillcrest Commons 

It has been a long, winding road for 71-year-old Kathleen Brosseau and her husband, Fred, who has been with her every step of the way during more than two years of steps forward and backward. Kathleen, who lived with her husband in Potsdam, New York at the time, underwent an emergency heart surgery in July 2008 after a doctor at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany discovered a myxoma (tumor) in the right ventricle, presenting an immediate life- threatening condition. The surgery was successful, however, soon after, Kathleen’s lungs collapsed and she was placed on a ventilator in the intensive care unit and remained at St. Peter’s for nearly six months. She was admitted to other rehabilitation facilities to regain her strength and improve her breathing, but she never seemed to make consistent progress – "one step forward and two steps back," as Fred put it. It wasn’t until she came to Hillcrest Commons that she was able to finally progress fully. 
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Achieving an "Unlikely" Outcome

Chris Morey woke up from a coma paralyzed. Told he would never walk again, today he can—because he and his caregivers refused to believe he couldn't.
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After Comprehensive Research, Fairview Commons is the Choice for Rehab

Susan Frisch Lehrer, of Lenox, is a former curator at Chesterwood who has always maintained a vigorous schedule of volunteering and good works. Whether it’s serving as a board member for Junior League of the Berkshires, as volunteer coordinator for Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, or volunteering at Berkshire Medical Center, she is a baby-boomer who is eager to live life to the fullest. But, like many other boomers, physical challenges have taken their toll...
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After Quintuple Bypass, Renewed Strength at Williamstown Commons

He knew that something was wrong, he could feel it. But, he just didn’t know what it was. After 65-year-old Thomas Moore, of North Adams, took himself to the emergency room at North Adams Regional Hospital, Oscar Rodriquez, MD, ran tests and discovered that Mr. Moore had in fact suffered a “silent” heart attack and time was of the essence. Five arteries were blocked and he was in danger in experiencing further life-threatening cardiac arrest. He was immediately transferred to Bay State Medical Center and cardiac specialist Joseph E. Flack, III, MD, conducted the quintuple bypass surgery by removing arteries from his leg, arm and another section of the heart. 
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Another Great Experience at Hillcrest Commons for Rehabilitation

It’s been 10 years since Jon Siwek had a remarkable recovery from a stroke that left him without any movement on the right side of his body. It was the excellent and committed staff at Hillcrest Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation that helped Mr. Siwek regain his abilities and independence in a short three months. Now 82 years old, Mr. Siwek began having trouble at home alone experiencing frequent falls and generalized weakness. Also suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, Mr. Siwek has a history of COPD, coronary artery disease and overcame bladder cancer. 
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At Charlene Manor, Dedicated Care Leads to Surprising Improvements and a Return Home

After five surgeries at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, Charlotte was in need of complete 24-hour nursing care and intensive rehabilitation.
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At Ease and Comfortable at Windsor Skilled Nursing

81-year-old Jean Wrisley, of South Yarmouth, suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, which presents certain physical challenges, but she doesn’t let that get in the way of living her life to the fullest. In fact, during her entire life, she says she’s “moved fast” – it’s her way. Until September 2009, when she grew terribly weak and she knew something was wrong...
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Back to an Independent Lifestyle with North Adams Commons Rehab

Faith is an important part of 77-year-old Regina Cormier’s life. In fact, it was exiting church on September 5th when Regina had her accident, falling as she negotiated down the concrete steps outside the church. After being taken to the emergency room at North Adams Regional Hospital, it was discovered that she had broken bones in her left arm and wrist. Jonathan Cluett, MD, of Orthopedic Associates of Northern Berkshires, PC, set the arm with a cast to allow it to heal properly. 
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Back to Life and Work with Rehab at Williamstown Commons

At the age of 89, many people would be slowing down and perhaps enjoying retirement. But, not Marilyn Moreau, of Williamstown, who jokes that she has sons who have retired, but she wouldn’t even think of it. In fact, it was at the age of 62 that Marilyn completely reinvented her career after taking computer courses at the former North Adams State College.
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Baystate for Knee Replacement, Charlene Manor for Rehab

81-year-old Mary Lou Wallace, of Northfield, takes advantage of all her beautiful community has to offer. Nestled in an area with a range of recreational opportunities, Mary Lou has stayed active in her retirement with a healthy lifestyle that includes regular biking and hiking on the various trails in the Northfield area. Rounded out by keeping up with a large vegetable garden and the occasional square dancing session, she needs a healthy body to keep going. That’s why she needed to do something when she began feeling the painful and debilitating effects of osteoarthritis in her left knee. After consultations with Robert Krushell, MD, of New England Orthopedic Surgeons, she knew that she needed a knee replacement. On October 6th, Dr. Krushell performed a successful full-knee replacement at Baystate Medical Center. While the surgery was successful, Mary Lou would need a specialized combination of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. After researching several options, she chose Charlene Manor.
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Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates for Surgery, Hillcrest Commons for Rehab

72-year-old Russell Lewis, of Cheshire, is used to being mobile and on the go. After all, he was a truck driver for most of his professional life driving everything from big-rigs to armored cars throughout every corner of the country. However, earlier this year, his health began to put a damper on his freedom. Osteoarthritis was progressing in his knee and had become simply debilitating. After consultations with Kevin Mitts, MD, of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, he knew surgery was the best option for him. On July 28, Dr. Mitts performed a successful surgery. Russell would go to Hillcrest Commons for rehab and quickly get back on his feet and back home. However, a few weeks later Russell came down with an infection in the new knee, and he would again need surgery and would also need rehab with the additional specialization of IV-therapy to ensure the infection would not return. Hillcrest Commons provides the full measure of services needed to regain his strength and independence to return home.
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Berkshire Orthopaedics for Surgery, Hillcrest Commons for Rehab

Just after launching an electric services company in 1960, he realized that he was missing business that should have been coming his way. That’s when Richard Mierzejewski, decided to change Mierzejewski Electric to Kent Electric – named after his Kent Avenue address that stood as his home office in Pittsfield. Richard figured that anyone can remember and spell “Kent” or look it up in the phone book. From that point on, Richard, now 80, ran a successful business growing to several employees over 50 years. But, a business with so much bending, kneeling and maneuvering in cramped areas took a toll on Richard’s arthritic knees. More than a decade ago Richard underwent his first knee replacement and had an excellent experience rehabbing at Hillcrest Commons. Then, earlier this year, after consultations with Kevin Mitts, MD, of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, he learned that his other knee was now in a bone-on-bone state. On October 6th, Dr. Mitts performed a successful left knee replacement at Berkshire Medical Center. And again, Richard chose Hillcrest Commons for the rehabilitation to help him regain his strength and independence to return home.
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Brigham & Women's for Surgery, North Adams for Rehab

71-year-old Louis Chin, of Pittsfield, is used to being on his feet. With 30 years working in the restaurant business, first on Long Island and then as the owner of the Orient Express restaurant at the Berkshire Mall, he was always on the go.
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Complex Care at Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation

It has been a long and difficult road for 59-year-old Mary Fawson, of Danvers, who following a full right knee replacement last year, suffered a serious infection that would necessitate another surgery and a challenging journey back to physical independence. Following the initial knee replacement in March of 2010, Mary did everything she needed to do to get back on her feet with rehabilitation in a facility and then at home. But, in December she began feeling severe pain in the knee. 
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Dancing Once Again after Rehab at Charlene Manor

82-year-old Marilyn Hubbard has many stories to tell from her decades in the Greenfield community, family life, and a remarkable 56 and half years working as a record keeper for a local transportation company. But, it’s what’s ahead that has Marilyn most energized and eager to ensure that she is able to be at her best. You see, her granddaughter’s wedding is July 2nd, 2011, and Marilyn’s “biggest goal” is to be able to dance and enjoy it to the fullest with her large extended family. Just a few months ago this may not have seemed achievable. It was in July that she first needed a trip to the emergency room for complications from COPD. After recovering from that episode, she would again suffer from a COPD episode in October and was rushed to Baystate Franklin Medical Center to for emergency care. She would need further care and a significant amount of rehabilitation to not only regain her independence to go home, but also to garner the strength that would put her on the path to reaching her granddaughter’s wedding with confidence. Charlene Manor would provide the expertise in the area of rehabilitation to get her where she wanted to go.
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East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Post-Stroke Rehab, Renewed Independence

Even in retirement, 68-year-old David Murray loves to spend time at the family business he launched 33 years ago. After suffering a serious stroke Labor Day weekend, he would be relying on a similar guiding principal of patient- centered care to help him recover and regain his abilities. After receiving his acute care at Mercy Medical Center following the stroke, he stayed at the hospital for four weeks to rehab at the Welden Center. 
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East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Rehab Following Hip Surgery

It has been a trying year health-wise for 84-year-old Catherine Moran. Always an athletic and active person, in June, she fell and fractured her right hip. Following recuperation from that episode she did the same thing months later, fracturing her left hip in September. After being taken to Bay State Medical Center, orthopedic surgeon Julius S. Brecht, MD, performed a successful procedure to repair her left hip. 
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Fairview Commons Private Room Rehab After Columbia Bone & Joint

Working for years on her feet as a professional cook, and as a mother, grandmother, and now, a great-grandmother of four – 82-year-old Mary Ferro just couldn’t take the pain anymore. The arthritis in the Copake, New York resident’s right knee had worsened over the years and after consultations with her physician she knew it was time to do something about it. At the Columbia Memorial Bone & Joint Center, she met with orthopedist Christopher Gorczynski, MD, who advised that a full- knee replacement was the way to go. On January 5th, Dr. Gorczynski performed a successful full right knee replacement, but it would take more than a short hospital stay for Mary to get back on her feet and on with life. 
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Fairview Commons Provides Renewed Strength with Rehabilitation

If you are from south county, it is very likely that you know Bill Whitaker. It’s also likely that you, or people you know, have done business with this man who owned the area’s most trusted auto dealership for several decades. As his business changed locations and then ownership in later years – one thing was always clear – a handshake from Bill was a guarantee of excellent customer service and a lasting relationship. Now 88-years-old and retired, Bill has dealt with various health issues over the past several years. Recently, while at home in his bedroom, he became very ill and light-headed, and then he passed out. Luckily, his daughter was there at the time and she immediately called 9-1-1 and Bill was rushed to the emergency room at Fairview Hospital. It was discovered that he was suffering from pneumonia, which hospital staff addressed with IV-fluids, medication and excellent care. While his condition improved, Bill had lost a great deal of strength and his independent abilities on account of his illness and inactivity in a hospital bed. He would need the short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing provided at Fairview Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and its all-private room Rehab & Recovery Wing.
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Fairview Commons' Private Rooms "Are The Way To Go"

86-year-old Stella Perrone, of Pittsfield, is as sharp as a tack and doesn’t miss a beat. She knows good care when she sees it and she also appreciates great customer service, and how just being “considerate” goes a long way. While it wasn’t a planned trip, her stay at Fairview Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center met her expectations...
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From Patient to Employee

In 2001, Bob Hunter was 30 years old, 500 pounds, and out of work. Then, he fell into a diabetic coma. Find out how he rose from the lowest point in his life to become one of our outstanding employees.
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Hillcrest Commons Renews Strength and Independence

It’s been 10 years since Jon Siwek had a remarkable recovery from a stroke that left him without any movement on the right side of his body. It was the excellent and committed staff at Hillcrest Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation that helped Mr. Siwek regain his abilities and independence in a short three months. Now 82 years old, Mr. Siwek began having trouble at home alone experiencing frequent falls and generalized weakness. 
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Hillcrest Commons: "I Couldn't Have Made a Better Choice" 

He never took a sick day in decades of work. That’s the kind of guy Chris Martini is, and it’s also indicative of his overall good health. But it was one day in late March when something was just not right. As Chris opened the door and sat down in his truck a noticeable discomfort in his lower back took hold. When he got home, it only became worse. After two days of not being able to even get up out of bed, he finally called the ambulance and he arrived at Berkshire Medical Center. 
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Home After Heart Surgery with Williamstown Commons Rehab

For 76-year-old Paul Gigliotti, of North Adams, having a healthy heart without the ability to see was not how he wanted to live his life. He set his priorities and after 24 different operations to address severe glaucoma, including the removal of his left eye, he now has adequate sight in his right eye. So, now it was on to addressing the condition that had shrunken the aortic valve in his heart, blocking blood from circulating to his extremities. On August 10, cardiac surgeon Joseph E. Flack, III, MD, of Cardiac Surgical Associates of Western Mass., performed a successful heart procedure replacing the valve.
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Hunt Nursing -- Renewing Independence Following Fall

At 86 years-young Mary Adele Sobocinski says it’s her sense of humor that has “kept her alive” all these years. Of course, she’s more than just alive. She is the life of the party with a vivacious personality, quick wit and timing that comes naturally, in part, but also comes with practice. And she’s had plenty of it. For years, she entertained with her “plays, poetry and impressions” at women’s clubs throughout the North Shore and beyond. 
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Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation after Knee Replacement

77-year-old Francis “Frank” Rhodes, of Danvers, knows the kind of care that is provided by Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. His wife, June, suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s Disease and receives compassionate care from the outstanding staff in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Unit at Hunt. Mr. Rhodes has built a wonderful rapport with the people at Hunt and that’s why it was an easy decision to come to the facility after his knee replacement.
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Hunt Nursing & Rehabilitation: Striving Toward Independence

It’s hard to say what’s most remarkable about 88-year-old Thomas Brotchie. The Danvers resident has been married for 61 years to his wonderful wife, and until very recently, his favorite pastime was downhill skiing at Cranmore Mountain in New Hampshire. And that was after two hip replacements. Retired from years working as an electrician at the Sylvania factory on the North Shore, Mr. Brotchie has enjoyed every bit of his recreational time.
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Inspirational Rehabilitative Stay at Hillcrest Commons

Two years ago, at work in her position as a Social Welfare Examiner for New York State, Susan Diggs suffered a brain aneurysm that would completely change her life. While physicians at Sunnyview Rehab Center worked wonders to save Susan and her physical abilities, the aneurysm had left her unable to breath on her own without the assistance of a trach and an oxygen tank. After several months of care and rehab, Susan did return home. But, six months later, Susan suffered another major medical incident, passing out on her front porch of her Albany home.
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Mt. Greylock and Williamstown Commons Help a Couple Reclaim Their Lives

Susan and Louis Chalifoux’s near-fatal car accident left them critically injured and facing uncertain futures. After they were discharged from the hospital, three-and-a-half weeks of rehab at Mt. Greylock for Louis and three months at Williamstown for Susan helped them both reclaim their lives. 
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Mt. Greylock Extended Care: Miraculous Stroke Recovery

After 62 years of marriage, Kenneth Streeter, of Dalton, knows his wife better than anyone. In fact, it was just a couple of days before their anniversary in October, when 84-year-old Rita Streeter began experiencing symptoms that caused great alarm and Ken immediately brought his wife to the emergency room. Her right side became “completely blank,” and she was unable to move her right arm or leg in addition to disorientation and memory loss.
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New England Baptist for Surgery, Hathaway Manor for Rehab

80-year-old John Gomes, of Boston, stays busy and active, with his mind and body. That may be one of the reasons why he’s as sharp as a tack and doesn’t miss a beat.
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North Adams Commons Helps Couple Thrive with Rehab

Until late last year, 88-year-old Barbara Sprague said she had never even been inside a nursing facility, never mind needing such services. However, all in the span of several weeks both she and her husband Stuart would face serious health issues that would call for rehabilitative stays at North Adams Commons – an experience that she said was “surprising,” “impressive” and even “pleasant.”
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North Adams Commons Rehab Renewed Her Strength

86-year-old Phyllis Griswold is not unlike many people her age from North Adams having worked for many years at Sprague Electric Company, manufacturing many of the products that churned the economy along in those days. Recently, however, she had become weakened significantly after an episode in which she had trouble breathing and was coughing up blood. She was transported to the emergency room at North Adams Regional Hospital where she was diagnosed with acute chronic respiratory failure with COPD exacerbation. 
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On the Road to Independence with Rehab at Bourne Manor

It’s been a harrowing year for Judy Frazier. The 68-year-old from Halifax suffers from Type 2 Diabetes and spent nearly six months in a nursing facility earlier this year for an ulcer that had developed on her right heel. The wound eventually improved and she was discharged for home this past summer. However, it seemed that she may not have been strong enough for home living, as she took a serious fall breaking both of her ankles. She was transported to Jordan Hospital where Joseph F. Zabilski, MD, of Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates, conducted surgery. The procedure included an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) in the ankles, utilizing pins, screws and plates to repair the ankles. Ankle breaks, and the ensuing surgeries, take a significant amount of time and attention to rehab because of the significant amount of weight that the ankles must bear. Judy needed a top-notch facility that would provide a combination of excellent rehabilitation and skilled nursing to help her regain her strength and independence. She chose Bourne Manor.
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Pilgrim Rehab Provides Renewed Strength and Quality of Life

It was in the late 1950s when Giovanni Miranda, his father, and three of his brothers all decided that the United States provided greater opportunity. Now 84-years-old, Mr. Miranda suffers from inoperable lung cancer, and in January, he became severely weakened due to his condition and other ailments. He was taken to Lahey Clinic where medical staff provided several medications to address a variety of issues including renal failure, diabetes, and anemia. 
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Pilgrim Rehabilitation: Portuguese Speaking, Professional Care

She didn’t know what to expect when she arrived in the United States 44 years ago from her native Açores islands, but her entire family came to live in the North Shore area to join her brother. Now 81, Maria Machado, who worked for many years in a baby shoe factory in Lynn, lives with her brother in senior housing.
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Private Room Rehab & Recovery at Fairview Commons

A decade after her retirement, 73-year-old Joyce Angeli is enjoying every bit of her free time. From her winters in Florida, traveling to spend time with grandchildren in Oregon, or as a self-described “perfectionist,” continuously revamping her Pittsfield home. However, over the past year, her right knee had been putting a damper on her active life. The arthroscopic surgery done by orthopedist Herb Bote, MD, three years ago had done the trick for as long as it was expected – about three years. 
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Private Room, "Exceptional" Care at Pilgrim Rehabilitation

For thousands of people who grew up in Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield, 82- year-old Isaac Bruce Bears will always be Principal Bears who served at the helm of Masconomet Regional Middle School for 20 years. That tenure rounded out a career in education that began at Tufts University and took him from a private school in Ohio, public schools in the Northeast and ultimately back home on the North Shore. 
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Private Rooms "Beautiful" at Fairview Commons Rehab & Recovery Wing

After graduating from Boston University, then-22-year-old Jean Dunn went with a friend to take a summer job at the former Berkshire Inn in Great Barrington. That’s where she would meet her sweetheart and this city girl would make the Berkshires her home, raising three daughters who all still live in the area. It was just before Christmas when Jean, now 79, fell at home and couldn’t get up. Finally, she received help and was taken to Fairview Hospital where it was discovered that she had broken her tailbone. She stayed three weeks in the hospital to allow the fracture to heal and to receive rehabilitation services within the hospital setting. Still, as her time at the hospital wound down, she would still need help to allow her to regain her strength and abilities to get back on her feet and back home. Jean said it “was an easy choice” to come to all-private room Rehab & Recovery Wing at Fairview Commons to her serve as her bridge between hospital and home.
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Renewed Strength and "Pleasant Experience" at North Adams Commons

While she would often visit her husband Stuart at North Adams Commons as he received skilled nursing care and rehab following an illness in the hospital, 88-year- old Barbara Sprague never anticipated that she would need the facility’s services as well. But, it would be her condition that proved most complex, suffering from acute pericarditis. After being diagnosed with the issue at North Adams Regional Hospital, she was sent to Bay State Medical Center on November 13th. After consultations with thoracic surgeon Jeanne M. Lukanich, MD, it was clear that surgery was her best option. 
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Renewing a Very Active Life After Rehab at Linda Manor

With countless stories to tell during her days at her vacation home at Burke Mountain near the Canadian border in Vermont, skiing the Alps in several different countries, or taking in all the sites and sounds of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, 78-year-old Norma Teece rarely sticks with the typical itinerary. As a long-time ski instructor, hiker, snowshoer and gardener, having her physical independence is a critical piece of her quality of life.
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Wholeheartedly Recommends Windsor Skilled Nursing for Rehab

85-year-old Mary Aseltine, of East Dennis, never could have anticipated what happened to her earlier this summer while shopping at one of her favorite retail stores in the Berkshires. Even after she fell, she didn’t realize that her hip was broken. She arrived at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and after consultations with Herbert Boté, MD, of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, it was clear that surgery would be needed. 
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Williamstown Commons "Gave Me My Life Back"

82-year-old Theresa Dapper, of Adams, describes herself as fiercely independent. For years, she has remained very active, enjoying the outdoors in her native Berkshires, fishing and hunting with her daughter. Until, this year, when she suffered an unfortunate fall, striking her head on pavement. The injury was so serious that she was airlifted to Albany Medical Center for a sub arachnid hemorrhage and a skull fracture. Theresa recovered from a critical state, but the impacts of the accident left her with memory problems and without the ability to walk or function on her own. She needed rehabilitation. She chose Williamstown Commons.
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Williamstown Commons for Rehabilitation after Knee Surgery

While 46-year-old Dianne Gaspardi, of Adams, is much younger than many who suffer from severe rheumatoid arthritis, she still felt the debilitating pain just as intensely. Her knees had worsened to the point that Dianne was unable to even stand for long without her knees swelling up and upon standing or sitting, her knees would quite audibly “crunch and pop.” After exhausting all other possibilities for addressing her serious pain, it was clear that surgery was the only way to regain her mobility. Following consultations with Jeffrey Cella, MD, of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, Dianne elected for an operation on her left knee. On August 20, Dr. Cella performed a successful full knee replacement at Berkshire Medical Center. Still, Dianne had a long way to go before her knee was 100 percent. She needed top-notch rehabilitation. She chose Williamstown Commons.
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Williamstown Commons Rehab Goes "Above and Beyond"

Whether it was from years on his feet working in various occupations or from the natural debilitating effects of arthritis, James Floriani’s first knee surgery two years ago did the trick by relieving his severe pain in the knee. With renewed mobility in the left knee, the 62-year-old North Adams resident anticipated the second surgery would be on his right knee. But that all changed in March of 2010 when a patch of black ice took him down with a fall that shot pain from his head to toe.
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Williamstown Commons Rehab Provides Renewed Strength and Confidence

For 92-year-old Mildred Caprari, of Clarksburg, it happened suddenly. Her legs just simply gave way and the fall led to an immediate trip to North Adams Regional Hospital. After further testing and fear that she had suffered a slight stroke, Mildred was transferred to Baystate Health Medical Center in Springfield. A team of physicians at Baystate conducted a CT Scan and discovered that Mildred had suffered bleeding in the brain and was treated through a team that included hospitalist Ashita Talsania, MD, neurologist Paul Walting, MD, and physiatrist Julio Martinez-Silvestrini, MD, of Baystate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 
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Williamstown Commons: "The Miracle Happened Here"

They were less than a half-mile away from home when it happened. After their direct flight from Paris to New York City, Louis and Susan Chalifoux decided to make the trip home in the early hours of the morning, leaving from New York just after midnight. Following a long vacation in Europe the couple just did not want to stay another night at a hotel. It was during what should have been the very final minutes of the trip when their lives would be forever changed.
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Windsor Skilled Gets Amputee Walking Once Again

As an individual who suffers from Type 2 Diabetes, 66-year-old Leonard Hanlon, what started with a small lump on the bottom of his foot continued to become infected over the years and posed a risk of spreading, which could potentially be life-threatening. After his latest bout with the wound and consultations with several physicians, including his primary physician, podiatrist James Chrzan, DPM, and vascular surgeon Daniel Gorin, MD, of Southeastern Surgical Associates, Leonard decided that amputation was the best option to eliminate the threat and move on with his life. 
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Windsor Skilled Nursing & Rehab Provides Compassionate Long-Term Care

For 89-year-old Shirley Wilson, Windsor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation is home. After raising a family that has grown with five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and running a small business with her late-husband for 25 years, she certainly has many wonderful stories to tell. As a resident for the past six years at Windsor, she continues to be engaged in life to the fullest with available activities, constant interactions with staff and other residents. 
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Windsor Skilled Nursing & Rehab: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

For 73-year-old Susan Webb, of South Dennis, being active and involved is just a way of life. But, the ongoing serious cough that she contracted earlier this summer had become worse. On July 31, she sought medical attention at Cape Cod Hospital. It turned out that she was suffering from severe bronchitis. Hospitalists Richardo Nario, MD, and Munir Ahmed, MD, worked to address the bronchitis that had infected her salivary glands with intravenous antibiotics and rest. 
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