Concierge: Bylovena Simon
Patient age: 65
Admission Date: 01/24/2024
Admitted From: Acute care/Short Term General Hospital
Discharge Date: 03/15/2024
Length of Stay: 51 Days
How did the patient hear about The Enclave at Rye: The patient was referred by a physician at Westchester Medical Center
Reason for Stay: Rehabilitation following a right below knee amputation

Details of Experience:

Ms. Velazquez was admitted to The Enclave at Rye Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after undergoing surgical amputation. She was transferred from Westchester Medical Center for inpatient rehab. Ms. Velazquez presented decreased motor control during gait and impaired pivoting during transfers, which impacted mobility at baseline.

Upon arrival, the concierge warmly welcomed Ms.Velazquez. She was evaluated by the interdisciplinary team, including nursing, rehabilitation, social services, concierge, and recreation departments immediately. While at the hospital, Ms. Velazquez was introduced to Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler, gold metal recipients at the Paralympics and the heart and soul of CareRite’s Comprehensive Amputee Rehabilitation Program. She was amazed after speaking with them. “They are AMAZING,” she says, after asking how the conversation went.

As someone who lived alone with her cat and was so used to doing everything for herself, having to rely on others was very difficult for her. However, Ms. Velazquez stayed positive and motivated during her therapy sessions. The recreation team and concierge invited her to the daily activities.

Once her wound was fully healed and the prosthesis came in, she began prosthetic training with Todd and Dennis. Watching her take that first step was truly breathtaking. You can see the joy in her face as she walks down the hallway with minimal assistance from her therapist. She was so full of excitement that she started going around telling everyone the good news. Soon after, it was time for Ms. Velazquez to be discharged. She is now able to perform all ADLs (activities of daily living).

On the day of her discharge, we all gathered in the lobby with music and posters to escort Ms. Velazquez to her car. There were a lot of tears but also laughter. She thanked the entire team, especially her therapists Lauren and Andrea, for their wonderful care.

We wish you continued success at home, Ms. Velazquez!