Letters From Families


The Kasman Family grateful we are for the wonderful care you gave our father ...
June 12, 2015

To: Claire Shanley
Cc: Larry Moorehead
Cc: Wayne Kaplan
Regarding our father Larry Kasman

The Kasman family wants you to know how grateful we are for the wonderful care you gave our father over the 4+ years he was a resident. We continually speak about how lucky we are to have found the 80th. As you know, the family visited our father often and always found him to be beautifully cared for by your staff, both physically and emotionally. They seemed to go out of their way to look after Larry, and also make sure that our visits were pleasurable. It seemed clear to us that our father was in the safest and most caring hands, which gave us great peace of mind...

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Caren Brustein ...the very high quality of care, individualized attention, kindness and respect ...
April 2015

I cannot overstate the very high quality of care, individualized attention, kindness and respect that The 80th Street Residence is providing to my mother. Every team member starting with Clare Shanley and Lindsey Harbison is dedicated to the residents and readily accessible to their families. Just as importantly, the team members are skilled in making the transition for new patients a seamless, stress free and positive one. The daily activities and special programs are bringing so much pleasure to my mother who is thriving in The 80th Street Residence environment. I’d researched and visited many residences before I learned of The 80th Street Residence. It truly is a unique gem that I cannot recommend highly enough.

Caren Brustein

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K.S.E. ...Thank you all so very, very much ...
August 2013

Dear Clare,

My brother forwarded a copy of your email regarding 80th Street Residence's donation of a chair at Bryant Park in honor of my father. I want you to know how truly touched I am not only by your gesture but by what you had engraved on the plaque as well. It simultaneously brought tears and a smile to my face. Thank you all so very, very much - not only for this but for having taken such good care of both of my parents over the last several years. It helped enormously to know that they were in good hands.

With best regards,

Paul Goldman profound feeling of gratitude to you, Lindsey Harbison, and the entire staff at 80 Street...
October 13, 2009

Clare P. Shanley, Executive Director
The 80th Street Residence
430 East 80th Street New York, NY 10075

Dear Clare:

I write this letter to express my deepest admiration for the 80th Street Residence. More important than my admiration is my profound feeling of gratitude to you, Lindsey Harbison, and the entire staff at 80 Street.

My wife -Edith, who has had dementia for the past seven years, is thriving at your facility. My daughters and I almost gave up hope that we would ever see her smiling again, and now she is in good mood and smiling much of the time.

You are to be commended for the skill and training of the entire staff. Their warmth and kindness to all the residents is deeply appreciated. Please advise Mr. Kaplan and Mr. Morehead of my deepest gratitude to them for the work they have done in establishing a facility of such high standards and quality. If there is anything I could ever do to help them it would be my greatest pleasure. One day I hope to meet them.

God bless all of you.

Sincerely yours,
Paul Goldman

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Andrew Bell ... sometimes only a poem can express what we’re feeling.
Friday, 5 November 2010

Samuel R. Levin, distinguished professor Emeritus of English and Linguistics at the City University of New York Graduate Center, died today. Click here to view a memorial to Samuel R. Levin written by Andrew Bell.

Letters From Professionals


Joseph H. Girven, LMSW, Executive Director, James Lenox & Carnegie East
From: Joseph H. Girven, LMSW

I highly recommend the 80th Street Residence to all those looking for an outstanding memory care community for their loved ones. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the beautifully appointed residence is cheerful, cozy and feels just like home. The 80th Street Residence’s trained and caring staff provide 24-hour, individualized care that is focused on providing all of their residents with the highest possible quality of life. Many interesting activities geared specifically for those with memory loss are offered so that no one is ever bored. Being a caregiver to someone touched by memory loss can be extremely stressful. The 80th Street Residence relieves family members of the burden of caring for their loved ones with memory loss and simultaneously gives them the important peace of mind they deserve by knowing that their loved ones are being well cared for in a safe, secure, nurturing environment.

Joseph H. Girven, LMSW
Executive Director
James Lenox House and
Carnegie East House

Teri Koff, LCSW, CMC; Private Geriatric Consultant
From: Teri Koff, LCSW, CMC
Sent: February 13, 2016
To: Clare Shanley and Lindsey Harbison
Subject: Care at 80th Street Residence

My professional observations as an elder care specialist following clients at the 80th Street residence has been positive and reassuring. The residence's focus is on enhanced quality of life for cognitively impaired individuals. The stimulating programming of activities for the mind and body promotes dignity and respect while simultaneously meeting the complex care challenges. The resident space, trained staff and support and inclusiveness offered to the residents' families provide a unique alternative as a care environment focused on residents well-being and "abilities" to foster a balanced lifestyle of care.

Teri Koff, LCSW, CMC
Private Geriatric Consultant

Valerie Grafe ...I would also like to commend you and your staff for the professional, loving care you provide ...
From: Valerie Grafe
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 4:33 PM
To: Debbie Richardson
Subject: Volunteering at 80th Street

Hi Debbie,

My name is Valerie and I'm one of the NYU students who has been volunteering at 80th Street. I would just like to say thank you kindly for providing me with the opportunity to complete my volunteer hours at your location. I would also like to commend you and your staff for the professional, loving care you provide for all the residents of 80th Street. Being the granddaughter of someone who is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease myself, I know just how valuable the care you provide is, especially in the peace of mind of family members who may not be able to personally care for them. After hearing some of the volunteering experiences my classmates have had I can honestly say that I was fortunate to find a place like 80th Street that warmly opened their doors for me, welcoming me and providing a one-of-a-kind experience that I wouldn't have otherwise experienced. Both residents and employees alike are endearing and I find myself eagerly looking forward to seeing them every week. There aren't words to accurately express my gratitude enough for this life-changing experience but I can only say I look forward to continue volunteering and getting to know, and love, the residents and employees of 80th Street Residence.

Valerie Grafe

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