100 Lake Road
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
(845) 268 6813


Dear Dottie, Thank you so much for being so kind to me. Everybody is great there from all departments. Thanks again!

Dear Dorothy: I am writing on behalf of the family of my father, who was a patient at Tolstoy from June 6 to July 26, when he sadly passed away. We cannot say enough about the excellent care he received… Read more “Dear Dorothy: I am writing”

Dear Dorothy: On behalf of our entire family, thank you for the Mass card in dad’s honor. We will never forget the wonderful treatment dad received at Tolstoy. You and your entire staff could not have done more to make… Read more “Dear Dorothy: On behalf of”

Dear Dorothy, Yesterday, my sister Rosemary (Fenton) Stokes and I visited a Resident at TFRNC. Upon arrival, we found her sitting primly in her chair, with a smile on her face, looking out the window. After a minute of though,… Read more “Dear Dorothy, Yesterday, my sister”

Jeanmarie (Fenton) Grahn

To Everyone on the 2nd floor: Because you’ve been so very nice, it’s difficult to say – How much appreciation is in this card today,
so this is meant to tell you “thanks” and then to tell you, too,… Read more “To Everyone on the 2nd”

This is to record our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the wonderful staff at the Tolstoy Foundation Nursing Home in Valley Cottage, NY. We were visiting our father who was admitted there, and during the several occasions we were in… Read more “This is to record our”

Remani Mathew and Mathew Joseph

Dear Dottie, Thank you so much for being so kind to me. Everybody is great there from all departments. Thanks again!

Dear Dorothy: Just a short note to thank you and your excellent staff for your kindness and consideration in helping us celebrate our 59th wedding anniversary. God bless you and thank you.

Dear Dorothy: I wanted to take this time to to thank you for all the caring, kindness and help throughout my mother’s, and my children’s grandmother’s stay at Tolstoy Nursing Home for the past 12+ years. I’m very grateful for… Read more “Caring Kindness and Help”

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At Tolstoy Foundation Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, food is far more than a mere life-sustaining supplement. Continental cuisine, an array of Russian delights, and traditional American favorites are among the menu items. Our Russian and American chefs generally are able to accommodate Resident food preferences, so long as medically permitted.

A Registered Dietitian (RD) plans and oversees meal service. The RD conducts nutritional assessments, participates in the care plan process and assures that meals are nutritious, tasty, and consistent with physician orders while reflective of Resident preferences. The Dietitian monitors Residents’ nutritional status on an ongoing basis to ensure that nutritional needs of all Residents are being met.

For the convenience of our Residents, breakfast is served in their rooms. Lunch, which is the main meal of the day, is served in the main dining room located on the upper level. For the evening repast, TFRNC Residents are permitted to choose between going to the main dining room or eating in their rooms. For those Residents who are a part of the feeding group, their meals are usually taken in the glass dayrooms looking out onto sloping green hillsides, magnolia trees, while visiting critters wander by.

Our Dietary Department also provides mid-afternoon and evening snacks, and nourishment to our Residents.

Yanick Joseph, Food Services Manager

Laura Gundermann, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator