Catholic Health’s McAuley Residence proudly debuted its new $5.4 million Rehabilitation Center, complete with a state-of-the-art gymnasium addition, new dining and patios areas, as well as newly remodeled nursing units, during a dedication ceremony presided by Bishop Richard Malone.

McAuley Residence specializes in short-term, sub-acute rehabilitation for patients recovering from knee and hip replacement surgery, fractures and other orthopedic conditions, as well as those physically deconditioned due to surgery, medical complications or other health conditions. The facility also offers long term care on its second floor.

The upgrades at McAuley Residence are designed to meet the growing demands of Buffalo’s aging population and provide patients with a comfortable environment, while they prepare for return to home after a hospitalization. Patients in the 80-bed sub-acute rehabilitation unit participate in therapy a minimum of three hours each day, up to seven days per week, depending on their individual goals.

The McAuley Residence care team is comprised of specialized rehabilitation professionals including physical, occupational, and speech and language pathologists, specially trained nurses, and support staff and who work hand in hand with physician specialists. “Sub-acute rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process,” explained Dawn Clabeaux, administrator of McAuley Residence. “Research shows the sooner vigorous rehabilitation begins, the better outcomes patients’ achieve.”

The bright, spacious rehab gym, with its large windows and open views, offers a comfortable environment for patients and staff. It features a ceiling lift and walking track, a “therapy car” and other specialized therapy equipment to help patients restore function and independence. The gym addition also includes a fully functioning ADL (Activities of Daily Living) suite, where occupational therapists work with patients to simulate home-like situations, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, laundry, and meal preparations.

Patients, residents and families can also enjoy comfortable “neighborhoods” equipped with seating areas and newly remodeled dining rooms that look out onto beautifully landscaped patios, covered gazebos, rainwater gardens, and meditation areas.

“We are proud to bring best practices and state-of-the-art rehabilitation care to meet a growing patient population,” said Joyce Markiewicz, Catholic Health executive vice president and president & CEO of Home & Community Based Care. “Our new Rehabilitation Center at McAuley Residence will also support Catholic Health’s growing Orthopedic Campus of Excellence at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.”

To learn more about McAuley Residence or for admissions information, please call (716) 447-6373.