Our Team: Educating, Advocating and Connecting
Eugene - Springfield, Oregon
RONIT COHEN: YOUR PERSONAL SENIOR LIVING ADVISOR
“Let me be your personal guide through the maze of senior living options during one of the most stressful times of your life or that of your loved one. My priority is to meet your emotional, physical, social, and financial needs as you search for a new home for yourself or your parent.”
I graduated from Tel Aviv University Physical Therapy school specializing in rehabilitation and geriatrics. Since moving to from Israel to Eugene, Oregon in 1990, I have worked in a variety of settings including hospital acute care, in-patient rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). At my last job at home-health, I worked for 16 years with patients living in their homes as well as in care facilities. I came to comprehend the unique criteria that make a senior care facility a home for each individual. When a move was needed, I helped patients and their families with the decision-making process. I provided information on the appropriate type of senior living community to accommodate their changing care needs and offered emotional support throughout this stressful process.
Out of my appreciation and respect for this special segment of the population, I opened two Adult Foster Homes in Eugene in 2010. Again, I grew to realize the delicate balance in identifying a home that fits all the care needs of seniors without sacrificing their personal desires and lifestyle choices. Through my in-depth screening assessments and experience with my senior residents, I was able to recognize when my Adult Foster Homes were right for candidates. If they were not, I recommended them to the type of senior care facility where they would be most comfortable. It was through a natural progression from this highly developed expertise of helping clients distinguish which care facility best suits them that in 2015, A Home to Fit You was founded.
MARTHA CAPPEL: COMMUNITY RELATIONS ADVISOR
“With an open mind and heart, I will listen to your desires and needs, and help guide you to the most suitable community for you to the best of my ability.”
As a native Louisianian, being very close to my grandmother from a young age, I observed and was a part of the care that made sure she had all of her needs lovingly met.
Building upon this experience, my career with older adults began when I moved to Eugene in 2009 and became a senior care companion. In this capacity, I saw and experienced first-hand what an elder adult goes through on a daily basis: what constitutes their actual physical, mental, and emotional needs and how they could be met.
That valuable experience led to working with older adults and family members as the Community Relations Director at Emerald Valley Assisted Living here in Eugene for seven years and at Spring Valley for over a year.
I was able to apply the knowledge and empathy I had gained as a care companion to discern the genuine needs of seniors, along with the concerns of their family members, when looking for a living community. There were often the same questions, confusion, and, at times, resistance from the older adult and apprehension from family members. I found that this process was stressful for everyone involved. It required an ear that was objective and focused. My experience working with these elder adults and their families allowed me to use tools to remove their confusion and bring about peace of mind while going through this process. The tools I have found most effective with clients are active listening, observation, presence, truth, and compassion. I am passionate about what I do and am drawn further into this field of service with older adults as Community Relations Advisor for A Home to Fit You. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.