James Garofalo

On May 15, 2019, James Garofalo, a former cook, got to enjoy his family’s homemade sauce and meatballs.


This might not seem like a big deal, but for Garofalo, it was an achievement he had been anticipating eagerly. He was a patient at Life Care Center of Raynham, Massachusetts, taking part in rehabilitation after having surgery for a hernia that resulted in complications.


When he arrived on Feb. 4, 2019, Garofalo was dependent with his self-care. There was no way he could put in the effort to make his family’s specialty dish, which takes a long time to simmer and days to complete. But that became one of his goals.


The nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and dietary departments coordinated their efforts to make Garofalo’s dream come true, and his sauce and meatballs turned out to be a success. He even shared the dish at a special staff luncheon.


“Rehab has increased my function, and I hope to return home in a few weeks,” said Garofalo.


Garofalo used to work at a restaurant in Quincy, Massachusetts.