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Senior Companion

(current as of June 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm) 

As the state of Ohio continues to reopen, we are working hard to navigate the best ways to contain the spread of COVID-19 and ensure employee and client safety.  

The following programs remain closed:

  • Adult Day Program
  • Rose Centers for Aging Well senior centers, including congregate meals
  • Senior Companion Program

For other programs, telehealth and virtual services will continue to be offered where possible.  
For updates on Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s response to the COVID-19, please visit www.benrose.org/COVID-19. 
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Are you or a loved one in need of a senior companion?

If you or a loved one is in need of companionship, our Senior Companion Program may be right for you. Our program connects older adults aged 55 and older living at home with a trained peer volunteer who can share a friendly conversation, offer companionship and minimize isolation.

Senior Companion volunteers help their peers with:

  • Running occasional errands
  • Staying engaged in enjoyable activities at home or in the local community
  • Light meal preparation

If you are providing care and assistance for a loved one, this program may provide much needed respite to you and other family members and friends.

Below is a list of residential facilities and organizations in the Greater Cleveland area where our trained Senior Companion volunteers are located.

To receive a Senior Companion, you or your loved one must be a current resident at:

 

Site Name Site Liaison Phone Number
Abington Arms Apartments Mary Stoudenmire (216) 791-6470
RH Myers Tamera Ellis (216) 831-6515
Stone Gardens Assisted Living Amy Kinstlinger (216) 831-2881, ext 176

 

Or, to receive a Senior Companion, you or your loved one must be receiving services from:

 

Site Name Site Liaison Phone Number
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Beth Sipple (216) 373-1750
City of Euclid: Euclid Senior Center Bob Payne (216) 289-2985
Ernest J. Bohn Rose Center for Aging Well Nicole Alexander (216) 373-1913
McGregor PACE (East)
McGregor PACE (West)
McGregor PACE at Langston Hughes Center
Karen Lisy (216) 202-1650
Paul W. Alandt Rose Center for Aging Well Ashlee Williman (216) 373-1915
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging Darlyne Redd (216) 586-3417

 

Partners:

The Senior Companion Program provides programming and volunteer orientation support in partnership with the City of Cleveland Department of Aging and Hospice of the Western Reserve.

For more information about the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Senior Companion Program, please contact intake@benrose.org.

Leadership

Leadership

Beth A. Sipple, MSSA, LISW-S

Director of Community Services and Programs

Contact: intake@benrose.org | (216) 373-1750

Beth A. Sipple is the Director of Community Services and Programs at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. She is responsible for the oversight of Behavioral Health Services, the Senior Companion Program, the Adult Day Program, and Social Work and Intake services. Sipple joined Benjamin Rose in 1995 as a Masters Level Social Worker and has since held various positions in the agency, including, Mental Health Case Manager, Quality Improvement Director and Director of Clinical Services.

Beth A. Sipple is the Director of Community Services and Programs at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. She is responsible for the oversight of Behavioral Health Services, the Senior Companion Program, the Adult Day Program, and Social Work and Intake services.

Sipple joined Benjamin Rose in 1995 as a Masters Level Social Worker and has since held various positions in the agency, including, Mental Health Case Manager, Quality Improvement Director and Director of Clinical Services.

Sipple has 30 years of experience working with caregivers and older adults in health care social work. Currently she provides psychotherapy in private practice.

Sipple earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Union University and a master’s degree in Social Work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, with a concentration in social service management. Sipple is licensed by the State of Ohio as an independent social worker with supervision designation.

Sipple is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and is Chairperson of the Institutional Review Board for Benjamin Rose’s Center for Research and Education, with an 18-year membership.