Unity patients make early Thanksgiving meal for family members

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Patients at Unity Hospital were preparing for a special early Thanksgiving feast to share with their loved one on Tuesday.

The patients weren’t only eating, but they were the ones helping prepare the meals. Doctors say the activity is good for the patients working to recover from anything from stroke, orthopedic surgery, brain tumors or even cancer. Most typically stay in this unit two to three weeks as they recover.

“We decided to do this because are going through a really difficult time and it makes it even more difficult to be hospitalized or in rehab during the holiday season, so it’s just an opportunity for our patients to spend quality time with their families,” said Kristen Patterson, occupational therapist.

“We’re trying to get them more independent both cognitively and with kitchen navigation and standing working on their strength and their endurance so building all of these skills so that they can go home and eventually be as independent as possible,” said Patterson.

“I’m peeling potatoes for Kristen to cut for the mashed potatoes,” Ben Lee, patient told us. “I made green bean casserole on my own.”

Some of the patients even brought in their own family recipes to share. Lee says his favorite dish is sweet potato casserole “with lots of marshmallows.

“The bigger the marshmallow, the better.”

And, of course, when it comes to the holidays, you have to have your holiday decorations. These patients actually made these decorations using the skills they learned to show off to their families.

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