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 the Rabbi of Congregation Agudath B'nai Israel in Lorain, Ohio.
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.