In 2011, after nearly twenty years as a registered nurse, Ginger completed her certification as a nurse life care planner and co-founded Staying Healthy at Home, LLC. Her nursing experience includes critical care nursing with a strong focus on cardio pulmonary and surgical intensive care, primary case management, long term care administration, and acute care management. She was instrumental in the implementation and coordination of a telemedicine program and has had extensive involvement in the education and training of nursing staff in a variety of settings.
While her experience as an RN has given her a great overview of the healthcare system, Ginger’s experience as a healthcare consumer and family member has afforded her a truly unique insight in dealing with difficult healthcare issues. From a very young age, Ginger had a personal view of the impact of illness and disease on clients and their caregivers.
Growing up, Ginger’s family cared for an aunt with a severely mentally limiting form of cerebral palsy. In 2003, a spinal cord injury left her 14-year-old stepson as a quadriplegic. In 2010, her daughter was diagnosed with CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome). Later that same year, a tragic car accident took the life of Ginger’s mother and left her 12-year-old daughter with a severe traumatic brain injury and life-threatening abdominal trauma.
All of these experiences resulted in months spent in hospitals and inpatient rehab centers — and years of dealing with outpatient rehab and home health care services as a consumer — as well as millions of dollars in healthcare bills, thousands of insurance statements to sort through and countless meetings with doctors and attorneys. Coupled with her nursing experience, all of this has uniquely equipped her to guide others through this process.
Ginger currently holds a professional registered nursing license in both Kentucky and Indiana. She is a certified case manager as well as a Certified Nurse Life Care Planner . She maintains an active professional membership in the American Nurse Association, the Indiana State Nurse Association, the American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners. ALCA , National Care Planning Council, and Kentucky Geriatric Association.