If you read the current issue of The Rotarian magazine, you may have noticed a brief note about a special accomplishment by Rotarians in Schenectady County. If not, here’s the scoop, as written for Rotary.org by Kathy Ziobrowski, executive director of the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady.
“At our rehabilitation hospital, we have a piece of equipment that we use in our therapy to help patients practice getting in and out of vehicles, in preparation for their leaving our care and recovering at home.
“When Rotary members in … Schenectady [County] heard about the limitations of our ‘transfer car,’ they generously stepped in to raise money to provide us with a newer model that has many additional features. The selflessness of these Rotary members speaks volumes about their motto of ‘Service Above Self,’ and has greatly enhanced Rotary’s image in our community.
“The therapists are excited to now have a vehicle that will more completely simulate their patients’ own vehicles, as it is adjustable in height to resemble everything from a small sedan to a one-ton truck. It also allows us to adjust the seat to accommodate hip precautions, patient medical restrictions, and joint limitations.
“Our patients have been thrilled. ‘Wow, you have a new car. It’s just like mine.’ and ‘I can move this seat forward and back to get in and out easier,’ are just a few of the comments we’ve heard. They are excited to try something in their therapy sessions which they can see will have a real tangible benefit when they return home.
“The transfer unit has a bright blue Rotary banner across the rear window, letting everyone know the generosity of the clubs involved. We are thankful to past governor Terry Philips of the Rotary Club of Scotia, and all the clubs representing Schenectady County … for this wonderful gift.”