OTD- Tufts University
OTR/L- Tufts University
BSc. Kinesiology- Dalhousie University
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
American Occupational Therapy Association
State of NH- Licensed Occupational Therapist
State of MA- Licensed Occupational Therapist
State of ME- Licensed Occupational Therapist
About Home Field Advantage
“What do you mean it’s not safe to go home?”
By 2029, twenty percent of the US population will be over the age of 65.
As this baby boomer generation moves into retirement and older adulthood, they will face new challenges. The CDC estimates one in four adults over 65 fall each year, with increasing odds with subsequent falls. Direct medical costs from these injuries are roughly $31 billion annually, two thirds of which are hospital charges.
While working as an Occupational Therapist in an acute rehab hospital, I worked with individuals with a variety of medical conditions, including neurological, chronic, and traumatic injuries. Across diagnoses, fall risk was the most prevalent indicator for recommending against a home discharge.
Simply put- if someone discharged from the hospital went home and fell, this person would probably end up back in the hospital for a new injury.
But what if we could plan ahead?
What if we could make changes now to prevent a fall in the future?
People go to the doctor for preventative care for high blood pressure, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, decreased vision. Why not do the same and increase your chances you can age safely in place?
What if we took it one step further and thought about the future living conditions an individual with these and other issues may need to be safe at home?
What if you were building your dream home and wanted to make sure that you could stay there until YOU decided you were ready to leave?
Who could help with that?
I became an OT to work with individuals to help them lead functional, fulfilled and productive lives following illness or injury. My education spanned from acute care in a Level I trauma hospital in Boston, to community based programs. The focus of the OT profession has long been rehabilitation, although we are poised to contribute significantly in preventative care.
This clicked for me when my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. As her health began to decline, she was admitted multiple times to the hospital. Each discharge conversation included a discussion about her home set up, services she would need, and fall prevention. This was my first home assessment project and the beginning of Home Field Advantage.
Going through her home with my mother and grandfather and helping them consider safety as it related to her daily routine was empowering for my grandmother and brought confidence to her family.
I started this company after years of seeing clients worried about a safe discharge home and whether they would be able to make the transition. Early in my career, we were able to visit patients’ homes, but with reimbursement changes across health insurance, it has become exceedingly difficult to schedule visits prior to discharge.
Combining my personal and professional experience, the mission of Home Field Advantage is to support each client to optimize safety, comfort, and confidence in their ability to remain in their home.