When it comes time for your mother, father, or other elderly relative to go through surgery or hospitalization, there are a million things going through your mind. You feel helpless. This has become something that goes beyond your capability, both medically and emotionally. Relax. There are plenty of individuals who specialize in this type of care. Whether they come back from an extended illness or have to have some significant surgery, there are options for short term rehabilitation. Skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers are flooded with medical professionals who take pride in caring for seniors who are ailing. If you or someone you know is feeling a little overwhelmed with adjusting to the fact that your relative needs medical help, here are a few first steps in choosing a rehab facility.
If your loved one is going to need short term rehab, you’ll probably have to help them choose where to go. The facility you choose, and the treatment they’ll receive there will significantly affect their recovery process. When you do your homework, you know you’ve made the right decision.
Take all the time you need having conversations with the discharge planner or social worker at the facility they are receiving treatment from. No one will help you more than the people working directly with your loved one. Odds are they will provide you with a few different options or suggestions on rehab facilities to go to. With this list, you can start making a decision based on a few different factors.
Based on the information given to you from the transitional care planner, you can look into ratings and online reviews. Do a little research into the company’s standards. There is also a federal Medicare Nursing Home Compare available for brief comparison. You can tell a lot by the messaging and information listed on online websites, but take everything with a grain of salt. The online compare allows you to search all the facilities around a given zip code.
You want somewhere that isn’t too far from potential visitors. Based on the severity of the case, clearly the facility and rehab treatment available is what’s most important. But don’t forget that you want family and friends to be able to visit your loved one during their treatment. Visitors from loved ones help emotionally, and can even speed up recovery time.
Schofield Care offers short term rehab for seniors in Western New York. Whether your loved one is recovering from a significant illness, or surgery, we have the facilities and professionals to help them recover fully, and most importantly, comfortably. If you have a loved one or know a senior who is facing the challenge of recuperating, please give us a call or stop into our facilities. We would love to help!
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Contact: Rosemary Collins
Director of Community and Foundation Relations
716-874-1566 ext. 316
Party Like It’s 1916 at Schofield Residence
Skilled Nursing Facility Celebrates the Birthdays of Six Centenarians
Kenmore, NY – Six residents currently living at Schofield Residence in Kenmore celebrated a huge milestone on Wednesday, August 24. Members of the community were invited to a Centenarian Celebration, at 2:30 pm, to offer their best wishes to Mary Walters, Esther Skrzypczak, and Katherine Moeller on their 100th birthdays and Leola Mitchell, Edna Davignon, and Nicholas Gazzo on their 101st birthdays. Live entertainment, gold and silver decorations and a cake worthy of celebrating over a century of life highlighted the festivities.
Many things happened 100 years ago. America was in the midst of World War I, Einstein developed his theory of relativity, and the cost of a U.S. stamp was around two cents. It was into this world that Schofield’s centenarians were born. Each one of them has an incredible story to share, filled with the wisdom of 100 years of experiences.
Mary Walters is a native of North Tonawanda. She was married in 1938 and has four wonderful children. Mary has a particular love for tap dancing, which she performed well into her 80s at several area nursing homes.
Esther Skrzypczak has had a year full of celebrations, as she also celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary with her husband, Casper, and their two children. As a buyer and department manager for AM&A’s, Esther was able to see parts of the world she only dreamed of growing up as one of eight brothers and sisters.
Katherine Moeller’s life is truly a testament to longevity, born and raised in Buffalo, NY, she was married to the love of her life for 51 years and worked for over 30 years at Woolworth’s and Neisner’s.
Leola Mitchell grew up during the Great Depression, taking jobs as a housekeeper wherever she could, eventually working at Hens & Kelly, and retiring from there years later. “Lee’s” story would be incomplete without mentioning the love of her life, James. They were married on Christmas Day, 1936, and went on to enjoy all of life’s adventures together.
Edna Davignon is the ultimate matriarch of an impressive extended family. After having five children of her own, she is now the grandmother of 21 grandchildren and great-grandmother to 40 great-grandchildren. North Tonawanda has been her home for over 70 years, 64 of which she spent in marital bliss with her husband, Francis.
Nicholas Gazzo is a North Buffalo native and made his living at the Chevrolet Delevan Plant and at Chris-Craft Boats on Niagara Street. His wife Beatrice brought him the greatest sense of joy in life as did their many trips to Virginia Beach before her passing.
With a group of honorees like this, the whole facility was filled with excitement. August 24 was surely a day that will be long remembered, as Schofield celebrated not one, but six historic birthdays.
If you or a loved one needs home health care services, short-term rehabilitation, adult day health care, nursing home care, or a private duty aide at home, Schofield Care has a program that can help. Founded in 1910 and located at 3333 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore, Schofield is one of the most experienced and respected providers of home and long-term health care services in Western New York.
For more information about Schofield’s Skilled Nursing Facility, please call (716) 874-1566.
Kenmore, NY – June 17, 2016 – Schofield Residence announced today that the long term care facility is a winner of the Bronze National Quality Award for 2016 from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long term and post-acute care centers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
“We live our mission every day,” notes Randy Gerlach, administrator of Schofield Residence. “Our quality improvements are focused on the highest level of professional care for the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of each person; in other words, a ministry of care to the whole individual. Our entire organization is committed to translating this belief into action in all of our programs and services.”
Schofield Residence rehab facility in Buffalo NY uses a Quality Assurance Performance Improvement program (QAPI) containing steps to achieve systematic performance through evaluation, review, problem analysis, and implementation of corrective measures.
“I applaud the women and men of Schofield Residence for their commitment to improve quality care,” states the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt. “This award is the first step in a program that serves as an essential guide to performance excellence.”
Schofield Residence employs 140 individuals. The Residence’s 120-bed facility includes twenty (20) short-term beds within Schofield’s Rehabilitation Center, a 10-bed Hospice unit, and long term care. As part of the award process, Schofield noted its membership in an Independent Provider Association (IPA) comprising 15 health care facilities. “We use Quality Indicator data comparing members of our IPA,” adds Mr. Gerlach. “Our collaboration is built on the foundation of maximizing outcomes and efficiency, while offering unparalleled services to thousands of residents and patients through the implementation of shared best practices. We also have another collaborative effort with Hospice Buffalo. Patients can be admitted directly from the Hospice In-Patient Unit (HIU) or from the Palliative Care service at local hospitals with continuity in coverage and services. It also allows for admissions directly to the HIU again avoiding hospital readmissions.”
The Bronze Quality Award will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 67th Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, TN this October.
Founded in 1910, Schofield is one of the most experienced and respected providers of home health, adult day health, short term rehab and long term care services in Western New York.