Our mission has always been to improve the quality of life for the seniors and adults with disabilities we serve. That means it's always about the people we serve and our dedicated team of caregivers and office members who work tirelessly to care for clients. We live and breathe our mission every day, with the goal of helping you navigate the journey. These are the people who work to bring you and your loved ones the highest caliber of in home care.
Shalom Plotkin and Elise Braverman-Plotkin, Owners
Shalom Plotkin and Elise Braverman-Plotkin are excited to be managing a local Right at Home Office. Shalom and Elise have an extensive background in guiding and nurturing people in need. They are coming home to Cleveland with a mission to help improve the quality of life and independence of adults and seniors. Their passion is to provide active support to enable people to remain independent anywhere they call home.
The Plotkin's have a personal reason for opening their Right at Home business. Elise's father has been courageously battling Parkinson's disease for years. Recently Elise's Mother had a significant health challenge and was seeking home care after her discharge from the hospital. They needed somebody reliable and caring to help with respite, light housekeeping, and transportation. The Plotkin's decided to move home in order to bring the family together. After some research they discovered that the country's best known home care brand, which is #1 in customer satisfaction, had no local presence. They have seized the opportunity to both fulfill their calling and help others in need.
Elise and Shalom met at the Jewish Theological Seminary where Shalom was studying to become a Rabbi and Elise was completing her Master's Degree in Jewish Studies. They were married in Cleveland in 1998. Shalom received his bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Maryland.
Elise grew up in Cleveland, and graduated from Shaker Heights High School, and Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Her training and experience as an educator and college instructor have made her an excellent listener and compassionate coach for those needing to navigate the bureaucracy of senior services. Elise is recruiting and training Right at Home's homemaker companions and personal care aides. She is always looking to hire additional staff who love working one on one with seniors.
Shalom is making use of his intensive training in counseling and community stewardship. When looking in on their clients and caregivers he listens and ensures that their needs are met. Shalom was trained as a hospital Chaplain at St. Mary Medical Center of Langhorne, PA. Shalom has successfully led many congregations and served as a Chaplain (Lieutenant) in the US Naval Reserves. During his 15 years of military service, Shalom provided pastoral support to Navy and Marine Corps service members and their families and worked in crisis management. Shalom has touched the lives of thousands of people in need by providing support to the sick, and guidance for those coping with dementia and trauma. Shalom continues to serve as chaplain for Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Wade Oval.
What personal experience do you have in your own family with caring for a senior or physically challenged adult?
My parents play a huge part in our lives. We have been through a lot as a family which has brought us closer together. My father has battled Parkinson's Disease for 20 years. Our goal is to keep our clients safe, independent, and “Right at Home,” for years to come. We recognize the importance of reliable care delivered by people who really have the heart for it. Right at Home can take the stress off other families like ours when they learn that their loved one is being cared for in a dignified and professional manner.
What are some of the community groups that you are involved with?
We enjoy attending knit-night at our local library, and had a lovely time at the Alzheimer Association's Walk-a-Thon at Cleveland's Metropark Zoo. We are quite involved with our synagogue, and Shalom has been active with the War Vets and Boy Scouts.
Connie Hanson, Community Relations Manager
My name is Connie Hanson (bottom right) and I joined Shalom Plotkin at Right at Home as a community relations manager on the East Side of Cleveland in the spring of 2017. Not to date myself, but I have been a caregiver for my family and friends as well as for another home care agency for decades. I also had a rewarding career teaching in Cleveland's Public schools for 30 years.
When I met Shalom while volunteering for meals on wheels in Shaker Heights I was impressed with how well he listens. Then I saw him in action making a match between a family that needed his support in the house and a wonderfully skilled caregiver. I thought, Connie, this will be a great way to help some people stay in their homes, and spread the word about a caring agency. I look forward to a long relationship with Right at Home.
You might see me performing in the handbell choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. I look forward to meeting you at our quarterly Right at Home food raiser for the food bank, or you'll hear me speaking about our partnership with the Free Wheelchair Mission.
Client Care Coordinator - Mary Lou Barreto
“I love hearing my client’s stories. I listen and then help them stay active and safe wherever they live. I promise I will find you a caring aide that you can trust.”
Mary Lou worked for 17 years in a nursing home and then went back to school to become an MA. Now after 30 years in the Aging In Place field, Mary Lou has the training and experience to be an effective advocate for the families she serves.
Mary Lou is one of eight children and is blessed to still have her elderly mother. She is a mother of three and has been married for 20 years. When she is not working with the Plotkin family at Right at Home you might find Mary Lou in church, camping, or rooting for her favorite NASCAR driver, Kevin Harvick.