We are all trying to do our best..

It's been a while since I've put up a post so I wanted to start by thanking everyone for their support and kind words about the article in the Portsmouth Herald (click the link to read- http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170430/home-field-advantage-helps-elders-age-in-place). It's a surreal and exciting feeling to see your name in the paper and the idea you've been cultivating into a business come to life. 

The idea for HFA came from my own experience trying to do the right thing for my family. Trying to use my skill set to help the people I love be safe and comfortable in their home.

This past week I met with a client and she told me about her family- they sound absolutely wonderful. They are supportive, check in on her, help with any errands or help with appointments- everyone is trying to do the right thing. With all that in mind, she still needed someone to help problem solve a few ways to safely get around at home and perform some daily activities independently. She found my article online and called. 

When we met last week she asked me questions about myself, my background, the business- but one question stood out for me. She asked what the hardest part of starting this company was. My answer was/is that our healthcare system is not set up to focus on prevention. Insurance payments are dictated based on diagnoses codes, pre-approval, referrals. Annual visits are covered but there has to be a medical "reason" for an appointment to be covered for the other 364 days left in the year. 

I have worked in this industry for enough years to know the juggernauts in the health insurance business are not going to focus on prevention anytime soon. There is less money in people not getting sick. What a terrible idea. 

So instead of going along with the system I decided to try and do what I could to help as many as I could. Help people avoid entering the health care roller coaster after a preventable injury or fall. Help people maximize function and safety in their home. Trying to do my best. 

To share my experiences and the knowledge I've gained as a therapist and family member of those navigating the healthcare system.

To help answer questions people didn't know they should or could ask.

To empower individuals to make decisions based on facts and not feelings or fear. 

If you have questions, contact me to set up a time to talk. I want to help as many people as I can.

- Ashley