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WeCare...Because You Do

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CALL TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION (216) 373-1797

 

Are you caring for an older adult loved one and feeling overwhelmed? Decisions about healthcare and concerns about accessing community services for your loved one can be difficult, in addition to balancing your own well-being and other professional and personal responsibilities. WeCare...Because You Do, the new name for Benjamin Rose's delivery of BRI Care Consultation™, offers the information you need, the compassion you want, and the personalized service you deserve to help you navigate your own unique experiences caring for an older loved one.

WeCare is a telephone- and email-based care coordination program for families caring for an older loved one with chronic health conditions, and older adults without caregivers managing their own health needs.

WeCare Because You Do

Trained WeCare Care Consultants can help you make important decisions and have difficult—but necessary—conversations. WeCare's emphasis on simple, practical solutions and ongoing guidance can empower you and your family to manage care and decision-making throughout your caregiving experience. Our Care Consultants collaborate with you and your loved one to:

  • Coordinate health care, community-based services and family or friend support
  • Create action plans to meet your targeted needs
  • Reduce stress and strain
  • Address issues most important to you, including, but not limited to:
    • Long-term care planning
    • Financial and legal concerns
    • Supportive in-home and community-based services
    • Housing
    • Respite
  • Provide trustworthy chronic disease-specific information, and resources to answer caregiving concerns
  • Equip you with strategies to better communicate with your loved one and their helpers

Eligibility:

To qualify for WeCare, you or your loved one must:

  • Have at least one chronic health condition
  • Have the ability to participate in decision-making independently or with the support of a caregiver
  • Have a reliable phone, and access to phone service

During your first call, our Care Consultants will discuss payment options with you. With support from Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, and funding from the Older Americans Act, WeCare is offered free of charge to caregivers and/or adults age 60 and older who are living in Cuyahoga County.

For more information, call (216) 373-1797 or e-mail wecare@benrose.org.

Our message to employers and providers:

If you are an employer, insurance provider, or other professional looking for a program to support your employees or clients caregiving for loved ones, we are pleased to present you with two options to deliver this program to your clients. Learn more.

Partners:

IMPACT Solutions

We are proud to partner with IMPACT Solutions, an Employee Assistance Program provider, to offer WeCare...Because You Do to all of their members. IMPACT will pay for anyone who is covered by their benefits to receive 3 months of the program FREE of charge. Please call 1-(800) 227-6007 for more information, and to receive a referral and immediate support.

Home Instead Senior Care

We are proud to partner with Home Instead Senior Care, who works with us to promote our services and provide referrals to clients in the local community, as well as to offer educational programming for family caregivers. For further information, call the Oakwood Village office at (440) 914-1400 or the North Olmsted office at (440) 838-0719.

Testimonials:

Family Caregiver

"It didn't take long for me to feel overwhelmed when my 80-year-old mother moved in with me. With all the worrying she would have another fall, I felt like I was running my own nursing home. My Care Consultant talked with me about my stress and ways to get a break. Without this information, I wouldn’t have known about the resources available. I still laugh about the first day I got some time away! I felt like a new person."

Family Caregiver

“Finding this facility that we think is perfect for her, I don’t think we would have gotten to that without the assistance of the Care Consultant at Benjamin Rose. I just don’t know how we would have ever honed in on this solution to our caregiving and to the needs of my mother without having contacted Benjamin Rose. It certainly wouldn’t have happened this quickly.” – Read the full testimonial in “Not sure where to turn for caregiving support?” on Cleveland.com.

 

"WeCare...Because You Do" is a product of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and the service delivery of “BRI Care Consultation” offered from the organization. "BRI Care Consultation" is a service mark of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.

Leadership

Leadership

Lisa S. Weitzman, LISW-S

WeCare Administrator and Manager of Business Development

Contact: intake@benrose.org | (216) 373-1797

Lisa S. Weitzman is the WeCare Administrator and Manager of Business Development. She oversees the development of strategic partnerships to drive the delivery of BRI Care Consultation™, known as WeCare...Because You Do to clients and contracting organizations, through Eldercare Services Institute, LLC (ESI). As a BRI Care Consultation™ Master Trainer, she also supervises the Care Consultants working directly for ESI. Weitzman joined Benjamin Rose in 2018 as a BRI Care Consultation Care Consultant and Assistant Master Trainer.

Lisa S. Weitzman is the WeCare Administrator and Manager of Business Development. She oversees the development of strategic partnerships to drive the delivery of BRI Care Consultation™, known as WeCare...Because You Do to clients and contracting organizations, through Eldercare Services Institute, LLC (ESI). As a BRI Care Consultation™ Master Trainer, she also supervises the Care Consultants working directly for ESI. Weitzman joined Benjamin Rose in 2018 as a BRI Care Consultation Care Consultant and Assistant Master Trainer.

Weitzman has devoted her social work career to working with marginalized, vulnerable populations. Her early experience focused on individuals with chemical addictions and mental health diagnoses discharging from prison. Among her other community-based involvement, she spearheaded the renovation of the Marion-Sterling Elementary School Library, a school within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Prior to joining Benjamin Rose, Weitzman worked for Jewish Family Service Association as a direct practice social worker with low-income older adults, providing counseling, case management and advocacy on their behalf. She also has a special passion for social justice and the social determinants of health as they pertain to older adults aging well in the community.

Prior to launching her social work career, Weitzman worked for the United States Department of State, Embassy Moscow, the Export-Import Bank and several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations whose mission centered on improved relations with the then-Soviet Union.

Weitzman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a concentration in American Foreign Policy from Yale University, a master’s degree in Soviet Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Master of Science degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University. She currently holds an LISW-S license. Weitzman completed Leadership Geauga in 2001 and also holds a Dementia Care Specialist certification.

Weitzman currently serves on the founding board of Courage to Caregivers, on the board of Dancing Classrooms of Northeast Ohio and as an active member on the Council on Older Persons and the Cleveland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Community and Supportive Services Committee. She previously served on the board of the Women’s Center at Case Western Reserve University and as President of the Board of Trustees of the Geauga County Library.