Gerry Patrizio, President & Owner
Assisting Hands Home Care, serving Mercer, Monmouth & Ocean Counties, is managed by Gerry Patrizio, owner and president. Gerry is a Certified Senior Advisor and received his MBA in International Finance from Wagner College. Gerry brings over 25 years’ experience from the financial services industry consisting of professional business management and exceptional client service. Gerry is committed to providing outstanding customer service to our clients and peace of mind to their families. Gerry’s main focus is to offer personalized home care to older adults and others in need.
Gerry has been an active member of the community serving as commissioner for Pop Warner Football and has also been an active participant in events benefiting the Special Olympics of New Jersey. Gerry resides in Manalapan Township with his wife Maria and their three children.
Gerry’s motivation to serve the community and the elderly stems from his own personal experience after undergoing spine surgery requiring several months recuperation where he was a fall risk; Gerry was fortunate to have his family available to care for him in the comfort of his home. Gerry is committed to ensuring that all our clients are happy and well cared for in their familiar environment.
Stephen Hoelle, RNBC, Director of Nursing
Stephen brings years of community and health care experience to his position with Assisting Hands. He started helping his community as a volunteer EMT, which eventually led him to a career as a registered nurse. His work in nursing includes managing a dementia unit, medical-surgical nursing, home care nursing, and assisted living. With his experience and dedication, Stephen brings to Assisting Hands the knowledge and ability to oversee optimum care to our clients.
Stephen, who served in the United States Army as a sergeant, educates our staff of caregivers on the importance of client dignity and respect while providing direct client care to promote their independence. He assesses each client and works with them to develop a plan of care that not only meets the client’s needs but is a source of support to their significant other and family members as well. Stephen meets with clients and caregivers regularly to review and revise the plan of care as needed while establishing and maintaining a team approach to providing care to our clients.
As the Director of Nursing for Assisting Hands, Stephen’s goal is to provide the utmost quality of care to the client and their family members in a harmonious routine that provides comfort and support to all. Learn more about Stephen.
Victoria Hurley-Schubert, Director of Community Relations & Communications
Vikki brings more than 20 years of award-winning public relations and communications experience to Assisting Hands. She has worked with B2B and B2C clients delivering impactful, strategic communications. She excels at executing a business visions and developing meaningful connections.
For Vikki, home care is very personal. Her mom received more than three years of in-home care while she worked through numerous health challenges. “Without professional caregivers, I would not have been able to honor my mom’s wishes and keep her at home. The aides enabled me to rest easier and continue working, knowing she was being looked after.”
Nothing makes Vikki happier than to spend time with family and friends. She is a perpetual Disney nerd and dreams of retirement seeing the world from the balcony of a cruise ship. Learn more about Vikki.
Rachel Freer, Office Manager
Rachel began her career as office manager with Assisting Hands Home Care in October 2018 she brings with her more than ten years of home care experience. She previously held a position as office/billing/payroll manager in the home care arena. Rachel graduated Ashford University in 2009 with a degree in Psychology, and a minor in social service and also has a detailed background in social work.
She uses her psychology degree to help families navigate the world of home care and is passionate about making sure all clients are safe and happy at home. After going through an illness with her mom, she understands what makes a great caregiver and knows exactly what families need.
Rachel enjoys music and concerts with her husband and older children. She enjoys doing activities with her two young grandchildren and her dog as well. She and her husband love to travel both mini weekenders and long vacations as well. She has three adult children; twin girls and a son. She has 2 young granddaughters and a family dog named Buzz. Rachel is here for all your home care needs/questions and is available to help with anything she can.
Jannette Alvarado-Sanchez, Scheduler/Staffing Coordinator
Jannette brings many years of eldercare experience with her to Assisting Hands.
She has been working with Monmouth and Ocean County residents for more than 20 years. She spent five years at Leisure Park in Lakewood as the concierge and activities coordinator, 11 years at the Community YMCA in Red Bank and was a scheduler at another home care agency.
She teaches arts and crafts classes such as no-sew projects, mosaics and mod podge to seniors at senior centers in the area.
Jannette’s passion for home care comes from her experience of caring for her mother, who had lung cancer. Her sister’s friend was her caregiver.
“She was so compassionate, accompanied her to every chemotherapy session, and attending to my mom’s every need. We loved the care she provided, this is why I wanted to work in the home health industry.
I love helping with the senior population and what better way to help them than to find a caregiver who can assist them with their needs. I want to get them the best possible care that they deserve.”
Jannette enjoys shopping, movies, Broadway shows, couponing, sewing, reading romance novels and cooking. She is a huge San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana fan.