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Frewsburg Rest Home Celebrating 35 Years

June 14, 2009
By Dennis Phillips,
FREWSBURG — Celebrating 35 years of taking care of a community’s elderly is difficult to do in one day, but that is what Steve Sischo, Frewsburg Rest Home owner, and his staff will try to do on Saturday. The Frewsburg Rest Home will be holding an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. to celebrate its history as an adult home care facility that has been in business for such a long time that it is now seeing second and third generation residents from original residents that moved into the facility when it first opened. The adult home opened in 1974 when Sischo’s mother, Joyce, a nurse, helped start the facility with her husband, Malcolm, to give care to seniors who didn’t need a nursing home, but needed assistance. The facility started out with 28 beds and through the years and several additions has progressed into an 81 bed adult home. The family created facility’s roots still exist today as Steve and his cousin, Martha “Marty” Hunt, administrator of the Frewsburg Rest Home, continue to run the business. ‘‘We’re a family run business, stressing home atmosphere for our residents,’’ Sischo said. ‘‘We take great pride in our activities. The residents have a very structured environment.’’ The Frewsburg Rest Home is a 24-hour supervised state-licensed facility that offers private and semi-private accommodations. Residents get haircare, laundry and housekeeping services and three nutritionally balanced meals, as well as snacks. Residents also get personal care services like assistance in bathing and dressing, monitoring of medication and transportation to all doctor’s appointments. ‘‘We pride ourselves with the great working relationships we have with all doctor offices and nursing care units in the area,’’ Sischo said. ‘‘We feel we are the best cost efficient living facility for seniors. The feedback that we get from the community is great.’’ Ms. Hunt, who is retiring from the facility after 35 years, said the staff and administrators try to make the move to the Frewsburg Rest home for residents as easy as possible by including residents in community activities like parades, senior citizens groups and the local school volunteer programs. ‘‘The residents have been on their own taking care of them selves their whole lives, so we try to make it (transition) easy for them,’’ she said. ‘‘We try to make the home a comfort zone for them while giving them the care they need to make life a little easier for them.’’ Sischo and Ms. Hunt said one of the best parts of caring for seniors is hearing the many stories of the history the residents have lived through. ‘‘We hear stories about covered wagons, or how native Americans use to live and camp right in this area. We hear World War II stories about D-Day and World War I stories as well. We even had a resident tell stories about Ted Roosevelt and the Rough Riders,’’ Sischo said. ‘‘They love to tell the history of the area. The history is what stand out in their minds.’’ On Saturday, along with celebrating the 35th anniversary, the adult care facility will also be celebrating Ms. Hunt’s 35 years of dedication to the facility as she retires and their new administrator, Dennis Bechmann.


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