Private In-Home Care
R&R was founded in 1985 when Catherine and Jay Weil felt a calling to help the elderly live comfortably and stay in their own homes even as their needs and abilities changed with advancing age. Catherine’s love for providing care to the elderly was first revealed when she was called to help her own mother, who lived to the age of 95. Catherine and Jay believed that everyone deserved the opportunity to age with dignity and autonomy. Thus began their mission to offer Rest and Relaxation to the elderly.
The purpose that originated with one family has grown into a family of companies dedicated to providing seniors in the Greater New Orleans area with compassionate, professional care. R&R Home Care offers licensed medical in-home care, while R&R Care Solutions provides companionship and non-medical assistance. As the R&R name has grown and healthcare options have changed, the company has expanded its mission. Today, we strive to provide more than just care – we offer comprehensive solutions to the problems that arise with aging.
In 2015, Catherine and Jay’s daughter, Janell, left her career as a healthcare attorney to help with the family business while Catherine underwent cancer treatment. After six months, Catherine’s treatment was complete, but Janell found that she loved working for R&R, so asked to stay on. Together, the Weil family is continuing to expand the services offered by R&R Home Care and R&R Care Solutions to meet the growing needs of an aging population.
Janell Gaudin has been a part of R&R since its inception. Her parents founded the company when she was just four years old. They felt it was their calling to care for the elderly, to bring them Rest & Relaxation in their final years. For Janell, caring for people was a part of life.
After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Janell went on to earn a Law Degree, specializing in Healthcare Law. During her 10 years as a Healthcare Attorney, Janell broadened her impact on the quality and availability of care through legislation. But in 2014, when Janell’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, she was called to return and to take the helm of her family’s business. Six months later, her mother’s cancer treatment was complete, but Janell discovered that she wanted to stay. She welcomed the opportunity to return to a more direct role in the care of people, and to carrying forward the mission that was close to her heart.
Brian Bienvenu, LOTR has over 23 years of experience in home health care as an occupational therapist, rehabilitation director, and administrator. He has served as the compliance officer for R&R Home Care, Inc. since 1999. Brian graduated from the LSU School of Allied Health with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy in 1993 where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Leadership, Academics, and Clinical Excellence. Brian worked for Touro Rehabilitation Center in their inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation departments, skilled nursing unit, chronic pain program and work hardening program. Brian has worked as a field OT doing home visits for R&R Home Care for 10 years prior to becoming the Rehab Supervisor and he currently serves as the Administrator.
Nicole Michel RN DON
Nicole lives on the Northshore and has always been drawn to health care for the opportunity to help people for a living. Originally from New Orleans, she travelled all over the US and lived in Greece as a military brat. After settling down Nicole started out as a Psych Tech in California working with forensic patients and developmentally disabled. Moving back to Louisiana, she pursued a nursing degree and has worked in home health as a Field RN, RN Team Leader and now Director of Nursing. “I feel home health care is special because we are building personal relationships and can truly make a measurable difference in the lives of our patients and their families. Everyone benefits and that is paramount. Healthcare is perpetually changing; our focus at R&R Home Care is always patient-centered.”