Long-time APA member Rachel Hodesh is owner of Senior LifeCare Consultants. She has been serving Greater Cincinnati and Dayton since 1997.
Tell us about your what you do and how you help the community.
I am a Life Care Manager and owner of Senior LifeCare Consultants. We are a guide and advocate for seniors and their loved ones. Our role is to support and educate, providing care management to clients and their families. This may be through referrals, support with home care or during a doctor’s visit. We assist the community by supporting the senior, assisting to keeping them safe and providing them with referrals linking them to other professionals in the community.
Tell us about your work career. How long have you been involved? What brought you into this line of work? What do you love most?
I am a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator with a Master’s in Health and Human Services Administration. I began my career in the activities department at Glen Manor in Bond Hill (I was a senior in high school). Since then, I have worked in Group Homes, Food Pantries, Housing, Adult Day, Home Health, Retirement Communities and now as a Life Care Manager. I miss the days of walking the halls, holding a hand, and singing with residents. I miss working late, running the “laundry machines” or “washing dishes.” Those were the moments when you felt like you made a difference.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go if money was no object?
Venice, Italy or Capri (Gulf of Naples).
What is your biggest inspiration in life or in your job? What do you enjoy most about your work?
My inspiration is to serve older adults by improving their overall quality of life. I enjoy the small meaningful conversations and impacts I have with working with my clients.
Tell us about yourself and family (kids, pets, other involvement in the community):
I have two sons: Noah is 18 and Aaron is 16. Noah will be starting at UC in the Fall and Aaron is a Junior at Sycamore. I have a partner of three years, Joey, and he has three kids (18, 16 and 15) so we are quite the spectacle when we go out! We “share” a dog – he has the cat (I am allergic). My family and I are very close which is great for my sons.
I am the VP of Development for the Wyoming School Foundation, active with 55 North on their Marketing and Soiree Committee. Most recently I have become involved with SAAG (Cincinnati Senior Advocacy Action Group) which has been great!
Where is your “go-to” restaurant in Cincinnati?
That is tough. When I lived in Wyoming we would go to Tela. Since I moved to Pleasant Ridge, I am learning new spots. If I had to choose a “place to meet” most people know I love First Watch – there is something for everyone.
What do you enjoy most about being involved with the APA?
Learning from my colleagues. The vast experience of professionals in this group is astounding, so the monthly events are something I always enjoy attending.
What do you enjoy doing when not working?
Working on my new home, taking walks in the neighborhood and spending time with my nieces.
What is the last book you read?
Anna The Biography by Amy Odell.