Weekly Feature



2011-07-06 / Lifestyles

Health Care service aids in independence

by JOLENE ZANGHI Reporter


Anita Hoche, left, receives assistance from her previous home health aide, Barbarann DeMaria, who was with Schofield Home Health Care Services for 13 years before leaving in February. Hoche has used SHHCS for more than six years and said she’s thankful to the organization for helping her maintain an independent lifestyle. Anita Hoche, left, receives assistance from her previous home health aide, Barbarann DeMaria, who was with Schofield Home Health Care Services for 13 years before leaving in February. Hoche has used SHHCS for more than six years and said she’s thankful to the organization for helping her maintain an independent lifestyle. There is no place like home, and the employees at Schofield Home Health Care Services want to keep it that way.

The organization recently celebrated 15 years of service, a milestone in which its employees take pride. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, Schofield provides home health care to people of all ages, aiding them in maintaining an independent lifestyle and helping families have peace of mind.

In May 1996, Schofield opened its doors after receiving its operating license from the state Department of Health. One month later, the first home health care patient was accepted.

The term “home health care” carries a variety of stigmas, but the registered nurses at Schofield carefully develop a plan that fits both the needs and assistance each patient prefers.

Marie Baun, Schofield’s executive director, said there have been a few major changes in regard to home health care since the company’s service began more than 15 years ago. In the past, Baun said nurses would work longer shifts with people who needed 24-hour supervision. Now shifts are broken up into shorter time spans. The life expectancy age has also increased, a factor Baun said relates to people wanting to remain independent for as long as possible. “We’re helping them stay in an environment where they want to be,” she said. “We want to send out someone who we send to our own parents and grandparents.”

Mamie Andolina has been a Schofield home health aide since July 1996 and is known as one of the “pioneers,” alongside Barbarann DeMaria, who left the company in February. The assistance Schofield provides includes help with medications, meal planning and preparation, bathing, dressing and grooming, feeding and light housekeeping.

Anita Hoche, a patient with the organization for more than six years, received aid from DeMaria from March 2008 until she ended her career with Schofield earlier this year. Hoche said working with DeMaria twice a week not only helped her maintain an independent lifestyle, but also created a strong friendship.

“The aides they sent out have helped me tremendously,” she said. “They just know exactly what to do and show they truly care about you and are eager to help.”

Hoche, a Williamsville resident, added that she was very touched when De- Maria surprised her with a necklace she had bought her after she noticed Hoche admiring it in an Avon catalogue.

Patient satisfaction is very important to Schofield, and Baun said the company conducts surveys each quarter to ensure that patients and families are happy with the service they are receiving. For the last five years, Baun said the organization has scored almost 100 percent, which she feels says a lot about its employees.

While Baun said most people are unaware of the kind of services places such as Schofield offer until they are put in an emergency situation, she said it should be comforting knowing there will be an aide there for them who is compassionate, warm and cares about their well being.

“We’re more about quality than we are about numbers,” she said.

For more information on Schofield Home Health Care Services, visit www.schofieldcare.org. email: jolenez@beenews.com

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