27 May 2018
Seeking to care for the caregiver, in addition to the patient, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, in White Plains, has opened the Marsal Caregiver Center. Colleen Borrelli, Vice President of Patient Experience, says Burke is expanding its definition of care. “Caring for the caregiver will truly enhance the recovery of our patients; if caregivers are in a good place themselves, their positive attitude and reinforcement can inspire our patients’ commitment to recovery and help them adapt to new physical challenges or limitations.”
The emotional burden on someone caring for a spouse, parent, child or other loved one going through a life-altering injury or illness can feel overwhelming, and can jeopardize their own health. That’s evidenced by a Stanford University survey, finding 40% of caregivers whose loved ones are diagnosed with cognitive disorders will die before the person they care for dies, due to stress-related disorders.
Focusing on the well-being of a patient’s family has become a reality at Burke, the only hospital in Westchester dedicated solely to adult rehabilitation medicine. Other hospitals within the Montefiore system, including White Plains Hospital, have also established caregiver centers.
The center at Burke was made possible by a donation from Bryan Marsal, a former Burke patient, and his wife, Kathleen