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Here’s a startling fact— one in six people in every workforce has a second job— and it’s not one they even get paid to do. It’s true: more than 18 percent of employed individuals also serve as a caregiver to an aging family member or friend. 

Being a caregiver for an older adult is often a stressful, tiresome and relentless undertaking. It’s been proven to create a significant drain on the caregiver’s time and energy, not to mention a noticeable increase in their stress levels.  

And 80% of these working caregivers acknowledge that their caregiving duties affect their workplace productivity. 

Fortunately, savvy and caring benefits providers are answering the call of this growing workplace need by providing access to innovative programs that can help employee caregivers to work and simultaneously care for someone special.

3 pie charts reading: 61 percent of caregivers work outside of the home. 32 percent of working caregiver-employees left a job because they could not balance work and family duties. Many were mangers/executives. 69 percent of employees feel that having a wider array of benefits would increase their loyalty to their employer.

 

WeCare…Because You Do℠ is a proven program that you can offer as a benefit. It provides both the practical resources and the emotional support to help employees handle their responsibilities at work AND take good care of themselves and those who need them most.

You Can Easily Offer this Benefit to Employees in Need 

WeCare can help support these struggling employees by providing them access to the services, information and support they really need. The benefits for your organization are many. You will: 

"Professional, creative, and passionate about care for older adults aging in place and their family caregivers, the WeCare team leaves no stone unturned when it comes to customer satisfaction."- Jeannie Radcliff, Owner of Home Instead Cleveland East
  • Help employees become focused and more productive
  • Address a very real and contemporary need
  • Set yourself apart from what other organizations offer
  • Expand and strengthen the scope of services you provide
  • Be seen as caring, progressive and employee-centric

 
WeCare Caregiver Support Program Provides the Help Caregivers Need

Employees shouldn’t feel alone when they’re managing the needs of an older family member or friend. WeCare helps caregivers not only take care of their loved ones, but also take care of themselves. Benefits to caregivers include: 

  • Access to convenient and flexible telephone-based services
  • Creation of collaborative, customized care plans to meet their needs
  • Connections to proven community programs and support services
  • Ongoing emotional support
  • Information in key areas, including medical, mental health and finance management
  • Guidance to pull caregivers out of crisis mode

Want to learn more? Let’s continue the conversation and see if WeCare is a fit for your organization. Call us at 216-373-1797, or email wecare@benrose.org. 
 

WeCare is the name used for Benjamin Rose’s delivery of the evidence-based program BRI Care Consultation™. If you wish to explore delivering BRI Care Consultation yourself, you can learn more here.


Partners:

IMPACT Solutions/All One Health

We are proud to partner with IMPACT Solutions, an Employee Assistance Program provider, to offer WeCare 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

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, and offers 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.

On Demand Care

We are proud to partner with On Demand Care to offer safe professional, flexible, on-demand care solutions. OndeCare is there when care is hardest to find: in the moment and in the crisis. For more information, call 234-567-8911 or visit ondecare.com

Courage to Caregivers

Courage to Caregivers provides hope, support, and courage to caregivers and loved ones of those living with mental illness. They support caregivers by providing one-to-one caregiver peer support, breathing meditation classes, support groups, and educational resources. For more information, please visit www.couragetocaregivers.org or contact Kristi@couragetocaregivers.org.

Testimonials

 

"We see the value of WeCare for employers: as more employers look for creative ways to address the mental health needs of their employees, WeCare’s emphasis on reducing caregiver stress and burnout is critically important. And we see the value of WeCare for employees: the WeCare team is focused on the wellbeing of each member and driven by its focus on customer service. WeCare’s ability to improve work/life balance is key to our partnership. IMPACT Solutions is proud to partner with WeCare…Because You Do." -IMPACT Solutions

 

 
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Leadership

Leadership

Lisa S. Weitzman, LISW-S

WeCare Administrator and Manager of Business Development

Contact: wecare@benrose.org | 216-373-1755

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.