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Senior Companion

(Current as of August 24, 2020 at 9:30 AM) 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are working hard to navigate the best ways to contain the spread of the disease 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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If you serve an older adult aged 55 and older who is in need of companionship, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s Senior Companion Program may be right for them. Our program can connect your participants, clients or residents with a trained peer volunteer who can share a friendly conversation, offer companionship and minimize isolation. 

Senior Companion volunteers can help the older adult you serve with: 

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

Prior to entering an older adult’s home, Senior Companion volunteers receive extensive training and education on: 

  • Responding to crises 
  • Communication protocols 
  • Recognizing the signs of elder abuse, self-neglect and exploitation 
  • Reporting potential abuse to Adult Protective Services  

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, the older adult you serve 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, the older adult you serve 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

If you know an older adult over the age of 55 living in the Greater Cleveland area who would be interested in becoming a Senior Companion to help isolated older adults in the community, please visit our Volunteer page for more information.  

Become a Volunteer Station 

Volunteer stations are locations where our Senior Companion volunteers can provide supportive, individualized services to help older adults with special needs maintain their dignity and independence. Senior Companions are not assigned to nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. However, if a participant currently matched with a Senior Companion is relocated to such a facility, the volunteer may continue to serve them during short-term stays in the facility, or assist with transitioning the participant over a 30-day period to help get them comfortable within long-term care. 

Examples of volunteer stations include the following: 

  • Home health care agencies 
  • Public health departments, including clinics 
  • Private non-profit or proprietary health agencies 
  • Public and private non-profit social services and mental health agencies and associations 
  • Rehabilitation associations and centers 
  • Senior centers and multi-purpose centers 

If your organization is interested in becoming a volunteer station, use the below contact information for Felicia Adams to schedule an introductory meeting. An annual station fee may apply. 

Volunteer Station Forms 

If you serve as a volunteer station to the Senior Companion Program, the forms located on the left of this page must be completed. Upon completion, fax to (216) 373-1814. Forms will not be accepted from individuals or organizations other than approved volunteer stations.  

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, or to learn more about becoming a volunteer station, please contact Felicia Adams at (216) 373-1751. 

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.