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Thanksgiving dinner prep used as rehab at Unity Hospital

Patients at the Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center were put to work Tuesday, peeling potatoes and whipping up some green bean casserole. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Some patients at Unity Hospital who cannot be home for the holidays spent Tuesday preparing a special Thanksgiving feast to share with their loved ones.

Patients at the Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center were put to work Tuesday, peeling potatoes and whipping up some green bean casserole.

Not only does this meal give them a chance to celebrate with their families, it is also part of the rehab program. Many of the patients are recovering from significant brain injuries.

"It's nice," said Angela Ferro, a speech pathologist at Unity Hospital. "While they are cooking you learn things about them and what they used to do at home and their cooking experiences and maybe taking them back to the days when they used to peel potatoes when they were younge. And they are trying to tell us these stories. And a lot of these people might have trouble moving a limb or trouble with their speech, so it's a nice way for us to work on therapy while still doing something they enjoy."

The dinner is set up in a dining room later in the evening and the families of the patients come down to eat with them.

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