Manny Karbeling

Manny Karbeling

Back Home...and Back on His Feet

Manny Karbeling, rehab.success

At 89, Manny Karbeling made a fateful decision, following one of our storms this past winter, to clear snow off his car. The next day, overcome with dizziness, he was promptly rushed to Suburban Hospital where tests revealed that he had suffered two minor strokes.

Three days later, his condition stabilized, Manny was transferred to the Hebrew Home's state-of-the-art Post-Acute Care Center to begin intense rehabilitation. Within a month, he had made so much progress that plans were set in motion for him to return home.  However, there was a question: should he go back to his independent-living residence at Ring House or would it be in his better interest to shift to an assisted-living setting at Landow House? After weighing the options, he chose Landow House, and today, winter's crisis is well in Manny's past.

Seated comfortably in his new living room, Manny explains how outstanding occupational therapy services coupled with encouragement from staff paved the way toward his recovery. He has regained much of his former strength, advancing from wheelchair to rolling walker for indoor use and stationary walker for outside. "I'm looking forward to being back on my own two feet, not four!" he says with a grin.

As for other consequences stemming from the strokes, Manny says that while his speech was slurred initially, once therapy took hold, he was left unimpaired in any serious way. "I'm thankful the stroke didn't affect my memory," he adds cheerfully. "In fact, sometimes I remember too much!" 

Manny is one of more than 900 post-acute patients who come to us each year seeking recovery from illness, surgery, or accidents. The "go-home" rate is approximately 70 percent. "We provide hope, healing, dignity, and value for each patient," states Ann Matesi, who heads post-acute care. "Our program begins with a thorough assessment battery and understanding of each person's hopes and goals. We create a partnership between therapist and client that moves toward a successful integration into the person's home environment."

Like so many members of the "Greatest Generation," Manny Karbeling joined the military during World War II, serving from 1943 to 1945. He took advantage of the G.I. Bill to attend college, graduating from Kent State University in 1950. By 1956 he had begun his long and productive career with the federal government, working in the Department of the Army's Information Office as a writer/editor until his retirement in 1983.

When he turns 90 in November, surrounded by family and friends, he'll have much to celebrate.


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