March 15, 2013
Located in a newly renovated building at the corner of Fulton and Louisiana Streets in Buffalo, the program provides physical, occupational and speech therapies, nursing care, personal care and other services in a supportive group environment. According to Candice Duffy, Director of the Schofield Program, Adult Day Health Care is invaluable to individuals seeking rehabilitative therapy or alternatives to nursing home placement. "Schofield's Adult Day Health Care Program provides care to frail elders and disabled individuals who otherwise might need nursing home care," said Candice. "The program provides health and rehabilitation services aimed at maintaining or improving the participants' everyday functioning. Participants attend on a schedule arranged to meet their individual needs. The program reduces emergency room visits and hospitalizations while providing education, support and respite for family members who are caregivers." According to Edward J. Gray, President of the Schofield Residence, the program moved to the new site due to the closing of Sheehan Health Network, and a need for more space. Schofield leased space from Sheehan beginning in October 2007. Prior to that, Schofield ran their Adult Day Health Care Program in their Nursing Facility on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore since 1987. "With the closure of Sheehan, we wanted to remain in the city of Buffalo since 80 percent of the people in our program live in the city," said Mr. Gray. "Our new location is centrally located, close to downtown Buffalo and major transportation routes, making it possible for Schofield to continue to serve the clients in our program and to expand our service area." Schofield's program has the capacity for 60 individuals per session. They hold two sessions each weekday and one session on Saturday. It is the largest Adult Day Health Care Program in the region. "Currently 205 people are enrolled in the program," said Candice. "We are at about 70% capacity as most people do not attend every day."