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Ron Gold Speaking at TEDx NJIT

By Ron Gold, CEO, LeanOnWe

Ron Gold at TEDx NJIT

When a head-on bicycling crash with an SUV crushed my spine and left me a paraplegic in 2011, I found very little inspiration from my very broken body. That is, until I realized how my broken body could be the impetus to help fix America's broken home care system.

And from there, it has been an amazing journey from Wall Street to wheelchair to home care entrepreneur changing people’s lives.

I recently had a chance to give a TEDx Talk where I described that journey. I hope you will be moved by what motivated me and my team at LeanOnWe to reinvent home care by eliminating the agency middleman and changing how Americans hire private caregivers.

The end result is a better home care experience -- both for our customers who can now find the right caregiver at the right price and for the caregivers who are able to make more money (money they richly deserve).

From where I sit (literally), I "get" care because I get care -- every day and for the rest of my life. And that gives me unique perspective.

I invite you to watch how I turned tragedy into change and raised the bar for private pay home care.

About The Author

When an out-of-control SUV barreled into Ron's bicycle on a quiet road in New Jersey in 2011, the accident left him paralyzed and in need of home care every day. And when he experienced countless problems finding reliable, affordable private caregivers, Ron knew there had to be a better way. He founded LeanOnWe with a focus on delivering a better, more thoughtful home care experience at a reasonable cost.

Comments (4)

Karan Alexander says:
Hi, thank you for sharing so much of what really goes on behind closed doors. Meaning, when a stranger comes to your house and you, having no idea if they even know how to care for someone paralyzed. My accident happened in 2007, just weeks from graduating nursing school. My kids and I took a beautiful fall morning walk when my neighbor drove off the road and struck us. My daughter suffered a fractured femur and I endured a spinal cord injury amongst other injuries. I was in ICU for 2 months and then to Helen Hayes Hospital for almost 7 months. Everything you said, I nodded in agreement. I was living so much of what I learned in nursing school. In short, I returned to school and graduated. My daughter pushed me in my w/c across the stage. I became a RN in 2009. Every opportunity that I got close to, I had a medical set-back. Prayer has kept me positive, always asking God to show me where I'm meant to be. I've had some crazy experiences walk through my door. Most of whom I don't think graduated HS. These people hardly understood what paralysis means and all the secondary issues that can arise. God Bless you on this adventure of mending home care! I'd love to talk sometime!
Mubarak K. says:
Great man, I would love to meet him one day
Diane Herbst says:
When my mother needed a live-in caregiver following a heart attack that led to congestive heart failure, we used Lean On We to find one. She is amazing, and finding someone trustworthy and kind through LeanOnWe has been a tremendous help. Ron's story, and how he used this tremendous personal setback to create LeanOnWe, is so inspiring.
Donna Kahan says:
You are an inspiration Ron! I have listened your previous presentations as they have appeared. However, I didn't know about the pivoting event, the death of a close friend, that led to your shift in acceptance of your accident and gratitude for your life. I'm always impressed when people turn adversity into purpose. Cudo's! Please send my best to your family!!!

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