Your Eldercare Consultants are a team of experienced and skilled Geriatric Care Managers with diverse certifications, specialties and clinical interests. Our staff includes licensed clinical social workers, Master’s level clinicians, a certified nurse’s assistant and access to nursing care and home health specialists.
With great depth of combined experience, Your Eldercare Consultants are well equipped to help older adults and their families. Every member of our team has distinct interests and practice specialties. We understand all aspects of aging and can assist whenever needed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Learn more about our experts and how we can help your family manage the transitions and challenges of aging:
Barbara Rabyne serves as Director of Your Eldercare Consultants. It is one of her many leadership responsibilities at CJE SeniorLife, our affiliate organization.
Barbara attended Grinnell College and earned her Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University, with a subspecialty in gerontological services. She identified her professional passion—aging services—early in life and has over 35 years of experience in the field! Barbara began her professional career at AgeOptions, the suburban Cook County area agency on aging, assisting in the development of senior services from Barrington to Chicago Heights. She then served as Nursing Home Ombudsman for the City of Evanston. In 1991, Barbara joined CJE SeniorLife managing special projects, including the Living at Home Program, Benefits Eligibility Check Up Program and the Personal Care Department. She now directs Community Services and oversees a number of vital service programs, including Counseling, Transportation, Home-delivered Meals, Personal Care, Geriatric Care Management and the Managed Community Care demonstration project. Barbara also serves on the professional advisory committee of Holocaust Community Services in the Chicago area. Barbara believes in positive aging and in doing everything possible to improve quality of life for all older adults. She is an inspiring leader, lending vision to our practice. Her core philosophy informs our approach: “the older you get, the more resilient you can be.”
A native New Yorker, Joan attended Oberlin College and earned her master’s degree at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers. Joan has earned special certification as an advanced practitioner in care management. She recently completed a term of service on the Board and Executive Committee of NASW – Illinois Chapter.
Joan has more than 20 years of experience in mental health, family treatment and staff development. Her background equips her to work with the many special needs of clients and their families, always mindful of family stories, complicated relationships and themes that span the generations. Joan has a special interest in the management of Parkinson’s disease, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s and the atypical dementias. Joan regularly speaks about aging issues to business, community and synagogue groups. Recent presentations include “The Zen of Caregiving,” “Uncharted Waters: Finding Your Way Through the Unexpected,” “Forgetfulness and Families: Coping With Change in Cognition and Relationships” and “A Chance to Choose: Advance Directives and End of Life Care.” Joan has also written a monthly column on aging issues for the Chicago Jewish News.
Joan is a resourceful, practical professional with thorough knowledge of Jewish culture, community services and other networks in Chicago and the northern suburbs. She is diligent about seeking out solutions for her clients. Kind and intuitive, Joan is detail-oriented and upbeat, with a lively sense of humor. Her professional priority is offering ethical, compassionate care management to our clients; her professional dream is to better understand the aging brain. Joan is the proud mother of two young adults. In off-hours, she pursues strength training, “mid-life’s best investment.”
Working in the field of aging since 1984, Barbara brings a unique perspective to her work with older adults. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign and is also a Certified Nurse’s Aide. Barbara understands the impact of frailty better than most and takes a practical, positive approach to solving problems for her clients. Barb has worked in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, adult day programs and an in-patient psychiatric unit.
Barbara spearheaded our bill-paying program and has helped clients manage financial and insurance matters for more than 20 years. She offers hands-on assistance by organizing clients’ paperwork, tax receipts and record-keeping systems, processing personal mail, preparing homes for sale and assisting with moves. She helps families prepare for loved ones’ return from rehab or extended skilled nursing care. Barb’s knowledge of senior housing resources in the city, north and northwest suburbs is impressive. Her quick, mathematical mind is a remarkable asset!
Barbara’s warm, practical, “no-nonsense” approach is extremely helpful to many aging clients. She is highly organized, an energetic, fast thinker and an inventive problem solver. Barb gets things done quickly! Clients know they can depend on her to sort through their personal matters in a non-judgmental, compassionate and reassuring manner. In her spare time, Barb and her husband Doug manage a lively household of four-legged and feathered friends, and have travelled far and wide. Barb is a voracious reader and also a devoted family caregiver.
Rosann, a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and case manager, attended Augustana College and the Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois, Chicago. She is our aging and disabilities practice specialist, with over 20 years of experience working with older adults, many suffering from severe and persistent mental illness. She coordinates the well known Linkages program, which helps aging parents of adult children who have disabilities. Rosann assists clients with the challenge of planning for the future in very uncertain times. She routinely helps families navigate complicated, often confounding, service delivery systems.
Rosann is widely regarded as an expert in aging and disability services. She has taught graduate level courses in social work and aging at UIC/Jane Addams College of Social Work and Loyola University (Chicago) School of Social Work. In 2012–13, she will be a guest lecturer and instructor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration’s post graduate training program in Social Work with Older Adults. Rosann has spoken at several prestigious conferences and oversees field instruction for graduate students interning at CJE SeniorLife.
Grounded, yet fun-loving, Rosann is a skilled diagnostician and trusted counselor. She enjoys working with clients in crisis, strongly believing that crisis can bring unexpected opportunities for change and resolution. She uses principles of mindfulness in her clinical work, helping older adults “mind the moment” for greatest perspective.
Outside the office, Rosann enjoys escaping to a lakeside retreat, near water and woods, savoring the naturescape. She and her family are very active in their close-knit Chicago neighborhood.
A native Chicagoan, Vanessa served in the United States Marine Corps, stationed for four years at Norfolk, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at St. Louis University. Following her graduation, Vanessa worked in Intelligence Operations for the U.S. Department of Defense. She has a flair for computers and is our “Techology whiz kid” when it comes to solving problems. Vanessa is an authentic and caring “people” person, a natural helper. After returning to the Chicago area, she gained experience as a volunteer youth counselor and, in the process, found new direction. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in professional counseling at Olivet Nazarene University.
Vanessa assists the eldercare consultants with all initial inquiries and phone calls. She will listen, with warmth and intelligence, to the concerns of each caller and schedule appointments with the care manager best positioned to help.
Vanessa and her husband, an ordained pastor, are very active in their church community. Free time is spent with Prince, their tuxedo cat and working out with the “Nike Plus” system.
Your Eldercare Consultants are respected professionals in the aging services field. We are known for our integrity, ethics and high standards of practice. We have access to a wealth of resources and services in the community, including:
- Mental health and counseling services for independent or homebound individuals
- Adult Day Programs
- Transportation services
Our main office is conveniently located on the north side of Chicago, with easy access to downtown and the northern suburbs.