The health care system is fragmented, uncoordinated, and complex — especially when you bring cultural values and alternative therapies into the mix. As a Health Navigator, I will guide you through the entire health care system including both allopathic and alternative health therapies with the goal of helping you understand diagnoses, treatment options, and available resources. By assisting you, and perhaps our more vulnerable friends and family even more so, we’ll journey together bridging gaps in therapies, surgeries and care while also overcoming barriers to health care access. As your Health Navigator, I can effectively contribute toward ensuring you experience an efficient, equitable, and patient-centred health care system.
Quite frankly, my ultimate coaching and navigation goal is to help you and your loved ones stay out of and away from hospital care as best I can. I am a huge fan of empowerment. My will is to give you all of the tools you need to become stronger and more confident with regard to owning and controlling your very own renewed healthy lifestyle and inherent right to optimal health.
As your Health Coach, I will use various practical motivational interviewing techniques to help you resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities. The result is such that you with find the specific internal motivation you need to change your behavior. The interviewing is a short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes. Using the results of the interview, a plan will be devised to address specific needs at various stages of health including the following:
- while recovering from an accident or injury.
- starting a weight-loss, bone-building or other similar lifestyle change journey.
- during the most complex stages of health, for example at the onset of a new diagnosis.
- during a stressful life event for example return-to-work, addiction recovery, role/career change, divorce, end-stages of life, pregnancy and retirement.
- while you prepare for a major surgery.
I am equipped to provide health coaching to clients and patients in a one-one private setting or as an expansion of my role, I can apply my skills to communties or organizations. In this way, you may find my skills as a Health Coach useful in corporate settings where I can coordinate with your Occupational Health and Safety Department as we enhance and change the overall culture of the workplace to a healthier one and as a result — a more productive one.
When the two services of Health Coaching and Navigation are brought together I can help reduce overall burdens on the healthcare system as we know it. I can also help to reduce financial strain on other related healthcare systems including both the unionized and private insurance systems. I can help your team sift through cases using my related expertise and forensic abilities to simplify and rectify where the breakdown in services and treatments may have begun. Together we can put a plan in place as to how things can be processed better into the future. This will not only save money, it will give many people their lives back as they once new them – healthy, safe and structured, in a more fruitful place that promotes personal growth and prosperity.
Check your health benefits plan for kinesiology coverage. If you don’t see it – ask your human resources department to look into getting you covered. Several insurance companies currently offering kinesiology are Desjardins, Manulife, Greenshield and SunLife. In the meantime, kinesiology in the province of Ontario is tax deductible as a medical expense. Ask your accountant how this can fit into your company’s health spending account.