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!

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”

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”

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

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
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Russian and Other Eastern Orthodox

The Chaplain for Tolstoy Foundation Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is The Reverend Father Gregory Kotlaroff, the Rector of St. Sergius of Radonezh Russian Orthodox Church, located at the Tolstoy Foundation Center.

Father Gregory ministers to the sick and dying, regardless of faith, on a 24-hour basis. He is also available to the families of Residents should they wish to speak or pray with a priest. On numerous holy days throughout the year, Father Gregory conducts religious services on-site. For those holy days and feasts of the Orthodox liturgical calendar when religious services are held at St. Sergius Church, the services are transmitted-live to the dining room in the Nursing Home. For the cognizant Resident who so requests, attendance at religious services can usually be arranged, particularly since St. Sergius is located on the adjacent grounds of Tolstoy Foundation Center, less than a five minute walk. Residents however must be accompanied by either a staff or family member who remains with them throughout the service and sees the person home.

Western Christianity – Roman Catholic

Nearby St. Paul’s Church, in Congers, provides Sunday communion which is administered by several of their Eucharistic Ministers. On the last Thursday of each month, a priest from St. Paul’s celebrates Mass in our Resident Dining Room. A priest is available at other times by request.

Other Religions

For those of other faiths, we encourage clergy visits to minister to the needs of their faithful. Residents, or their loved ones, can request a clergy visit or services to our Activity Department; a member of that department will make the necessary arrangements. Clergy of all faiths are welcome any time.

Bible Study

Bible readings in English and Russian are among the activity programs, as is reciting of the rosary under the auspices of the Legion of Mary.