Sherry Paquette I have been an employee at Addison County Home Health for over 18 years. One of the reasons I chose to work here at Home Health is my love of the medical field. I also love to work in the clerical field. So when a job opened up in Medical Records; I was so thrilled to get the position. Some other things I love to do are dancing, Zumba, and I love music. I also love to play my new drums. I feel you’re never too old to Rock On!! It’s been so rewarding working with so many devoted and wonderful people. I’m always amazed at the dedication to the Agency the employees have shown over the years. I’ve always been so impressed at the knowledge our staff has. Our clinical staff is so hard working. I love working with all of them. Our medical records department has accomplished so much over the past years. Our department at one time received all incoming referrals and entered all information into the computer to establish the patient. We handled all the paper work and organized all the charts. We have over the past year integrated our charts into the electronic record. We have also entered and sent over 8,000 charts to an outside storage facility. We have accomplished so much. I have loved my job for all of my time here and hope to be here for many more years.
Laura Dame, Hospice nurse for Addison County Home Health & Hospice agency, entered her profession after marrying and starting a family. Her mother had cancer after Laura’s first son was born, and she died 3 years later in Hospice care. Laura made the promise to her mom that she would go back to school to become a nurse. Three and a half years later she graduated with an Associates Degree from Vermont Technical College and went on to get her LPN and RN, graduating with honors. She worked at Helen Porter Nursing Home for 2 years in ARCH rooms before applying to join the ACHHH team. She was offered a spot on the Hospice nursing team, which today consists of 6 Hospice nurses and a social worker – the very same social worker who worked with her mother during her illness. Laura feels her job is an “honor”, as she is invited into a person’s home as a guest during the worst of times to focus on patient comfort, and often trains the family on how they can also provide care to the patient in need. She feels she has done her job well when she can leave a patient with a laugh and smile and close to pain free. People often ask Laura how she can do her job in Hospice. Her response: “A person has one chance to die, and if I can help them be more comfortable throughout that process, I can feel good in having done my best job.” By focusing on the positive, Laura makes a difference for many. Thank you, Laura.
Heather Davio, LNA. I was hired as a PCA (Personal Care Attendant) with no experience back in 2001 and within a few short months and with the assistance of ACHHH, I entered an LNA (Licensed Nursing Assistant) course at Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, VT. I returned with my LNA certificate and was offered and accepted a full time position as a Home Health Aide. I enjoy assisting patients one-on-one with their personal care needs. Now that I have many years of experience, I am able to assist more with our Hospice patients. To me, end of life care is most rewarding. To be welcomed into a family’s home when they are in the most difficult time of their life is an honor; not only to care for the patient but to support all who are involved. A patient’s family that I had the pleasure of assisting said it the best... “You come into our lives when we feel the most vulnerable and overwhelmed. You do it with a smile on your face and compassion in your every action! You do it graciously with respect for dignity and individual wishes and preferences”. With that being said, I love my role as a Home Health Aide at ACHHH! Thank you Heather!
Jason LeBeau, Physical Therapist, is a “home grown” native Vermonter with a BS in Physical Therapy from UVM. He has made his career here, except a 2-year PT job in NJ; moving home the day after 9/11. Jason has been on the staff for 7 + years since starting in December 2006 in PT with an interim break to work in the “for profit” field. He is proud and honored to work as a part of a “Great Team” that is open, honest and welcome to disagreement for the benefit of the patient. His professional rewards over the years have been many. One of his patients had abandoned walking and had little trust in outside assistance. After Jason had worked with the patient for about an hour twice per week for one and a half years, that patient was walking again! One of his most heartfelt moments came from the interaction with one of his Parkinson’s Disease patients who had become bedridden. Jason was able to help him to walk in short bouts. He had the wish to visit a favorite spot down many steps to the lake, and after some time working together, he was able with some support from Jason, to walk the whole way down 40 stairs and back up again. Jason’s final interview comment: “Community is what it is all about; to grow up here and to be able to help young and old in Addison County.” Thank you, Jason!