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Success Story: Dean

Walking the Walk…

A proud military man with a wonderful sense of humor – Dean Clark, 81, had undergone surgery to repair a significant tear to his rotary cuff muscle. Following the procedure, Dean ended up back in the hospital due to severe pain and swelling in both feet. Enter Chicopee Gardens…

Working with Dean, our occupational and physical therapy teams developed a tailored recovery plan with strategic rehab objectives – our goal was to help Dean regain his independence so he could return home.

When Dean began therapy, he was unable to take a single step and required use of a mechanical lift to get out of bed. Tapping into his inner Marine, Dean inspired us all with his unwavering determination and grit. Five weeks later, Dean was making rounds up and down the halls with just the aid of a walker!

In addition, Dean was now able to care for all his self-care needs, he even planned a delicious spaghetti meal (pictured) which he made during his very last OT session to share with the therapists and friends who helped him along his successful rehab journey. Way to go Dean!

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Public Announcement: On April 1, 2019, the Department of Public Health, Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification (the “Department”) received notification of a proposed change in ownership of the Chicopee Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center, 44 New Lombard Road, Chicopee, MA 01020. Chicopee Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, LLC, 44 New Lombard Road, Chicopee, MA 01020, if deemed suitable by the Department, intends to purchase the nursing home from the current operator, Chicopee Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center Operations LLC. There will be no changes in the bed capacity or the services provided by Chicopee Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center. A public hearing may be requested upon a petition by any group of ten adults. Such petition shall include the name, address and signature of each adult. Written comments concerning the facility’s ability to provide quality long-term care services and petitions for a public hearing, may be addressed to the Department of Public Health, Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification, Suitability Review Office, 99 Chauncy Street, 11th Floor, Boston, MA 02111, or submitted electronically to [email protected], for a period of 14 days following this publication. All written or oral comments submitted to the Department may be posted on the Department’s website and released in response to a request for public records.