An Unexpected Friendship at the Ida Kayne Transitional Care Unit

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An Unexpected Friendship at the Ida Kayne Transitional Care Unit

Jul 11, 2016
From left to right: Kathy, Ernesto, Lourdes, and Francine
From left to right: Kathy, Ernesto, Lourdes, and Francine


You never know where you’ll find a friend.

Short-term rehabilitation patients Kathy, 73; Ernesto, 67; and Francine, 67 experienced the joy and surprise of an unexpected friendship when they stayed at the Ida Kayne Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at the Los Angeles Jewish Home.

Kathy was recovering from a patellofemoral surgery performed on her right knee, Ernesto was recuperating from a ruptured quadriceps tendon, and Francine was on the road to recovery after falling and breaking her hip.

When faced with the challenge of making a fully recovery after an illness, injury, or medical procedure, all three seniors trusted the expert rehabilitative staff and state-of-the-art facilities of the Jewish Home’s TCU program would help to get them back on their feet.

The trio became fast friends when they were assigned to sit at the same table in the dining room of the Taper Building. The threesome's budding friendship blossomed when Ernesto enlisted the help of his wife, Lourdes, to teach Kathleen and Francine a popular card game. The group now spends their afternoons deep in conversation over a few competitive games of Continental Rummy.

The Ida Kayne Transitional Care Unit at the Los Angeles Jewish Home is designed to help seniors successfully transition back home after an illness, injury, medical procedure, or hospital stay. For more information, please call Connections to Care, our toll-free hotline, at (855) 227-3745 or visit our website at https://lajhealth.org/.

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