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Owned and operated by nurses since 1983, Wellness Home Care has a team of carefully screened aides and nurses who have an intimate and personal understanding of the challenges associated with caring for a loved one at home.

We strive to keep families together, knowing that families are more able to maintain closeness with their loved one when they are cared for at home.

We assess each client’s individual needs and customize their plan of care. Whether the need is for skilled nursing or personal care, our staff of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, therapists, and certified aides offer care with skill and compassion giving you and your loved one peace of mind. Visit Our Services.

All bonded and carefully screened, our qualified staff of aides, nurses, care managers, and therapists are available 24/7. Each one specializes in helping clients remain in their home safely and with an optimal quality of life.

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Judy Balaban, RN, BSN, Owner
Chief Executive Officer

Judy BalabanIn 1983 Judy Balaban began Wellness Home Care in her kitchen in Warwick. Judy, a registered nurse, passionately believed that people should be cared for at home, where they maintain a greater degree of dignity, control, and peace of mind. She understood that a home care agency depends on building relationships between the agency, the caregiver, the client, and their families. She made a commitment to assure that Wellness Home Care would operate ethically and with consideration for clients, families, and employees. This mission continues to guide Wellness’ efforts every day.

“Our clients are battling through some of the most difficult times of their lives. They’ve lost a sense of true independence; perhaps lost friends or loved ones; they’ve lost some personal control. Their loved ones are suffering too, and often battle their own emotional turmoil.

My own experiences have allowed me the opportunity to relate first-hand to the emotional and financial costs, as well as the daily stress that is experienced during this demanding time. We are here to help return a sense of independence to our clients’ lives by acting as a helping hand when they need it most.

This is a team effort, and I am very grateful for the commitment, skill, and compassion of the people I work with every day.”

  • Member of the Workforce Development Board of Sullivan County
    • Currently serving on its Executive Board as secretary
  • Member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sullivan County
  • Facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Program

Fran SchaferFran Schafer, RN, Chief Operating Officer

You can lead a rich life in your own home – despite obstacles – when supported by those who truly understand your challenges.”

As Chief Operating Officer for Wellness Home Care, Fran is responsible for providing leadership, and operational oversight, for all Clinical and Private Duty home care services.

Fran began her professional career in 1981 as a medical surgical staff nurse at Horton Hospital. During this time she specialized in oncology, acting as a preceptor and relief charge nurse. “I was committed to helping patients die with dignity and in comfort, surrounded by loved ones.” In 1986 Fran left hospital nursing for home care, becoming partner and director of Scotchtown Home Infusion. Under the mentoring of Judy Balaban, she became the president and owner of Scotchtown Home Infusion, and worked as a home care consultant and a specialist in infusion therapies. As a consultant, Fran opened two Licensed Home Care Service agencies.

Over the years Fran has risen through the ranks as director of a National Infusion Company and administrator of Harris Home Health. In 1999 she reconnected with her mentor Judy, and joined Wellness Home Care.

With her skills and dedication to quality care, Fran ensures that people of all ages have access to dignified home care services so they may be with their loved ones in the comfort of their own homes. “I’ve seen through my own personal experience what quality home care can offer, both for those in need and for the family members struggling with additional responsibilities. Because of outstanding home care, my mother was able to spend her last days at home in her favorite room, in her favorite clothing, surrounded by family and friends; I will be forever grateful for that and the continued care being offered to my father.”

Here at Wellness Home Care, we all work together to find solutions to the challenges in home care. I am grateful to the dedication and commitment of our staff for enhancing the care we provide, and maximizing the quality of life for all our clients.”

Fran is an active member of the New York State Association of Health Care Providers (HCP), and secretary of the Hudson Valley Chapter. She has been invited to Albany to present on various panels in support of the industry.

  • Board member of the Sullivan County NY Connects Long Term Care Council
  • Member of the Orange County Long Term Care Council
  • Vice President, Hudson Valley Chapter of New York State Association of Health Care Providers
  • Member of the BOCES Health Occupations Advisory Committee, Sullivan County
  • Member of the BOCES Health Occupations Advisory Committee, Orange County
  • Member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the annual Orange County Senior Expo Planning Committee
  • Member of the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Program Advisory Council
  • Recipient of the 2013 Founders Spirit Award, New York State Association of Health Care Providers
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