Who We Are
Livingwell Care Navigation™ is a national healthcare navigation and patient advocacy service that offers you expert professional guidance and medical decision support on how to safely navigate the medical system to find the right and best care. Our goal is to help our clients heal on all levels and return to a state of vital health and well-being.
Livingwell works with private clients world-wide, providing professional guidance & support, on any health related issue across the life span, from the premature infant to the homebound Senior. Our RN Patient Advocates advise and guide clients challenged with any health issue to include: cancer, neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders, autism, anorexia, spinal cord injury, all chronic disorders to include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Persistent Lyme, patients pending hospitalization and surgery, and Seniors aging at home or in a facility.
We know you want the best possible healthcare for yourself and your loved ones. But unless you’re in the medical field, it’s not always clear what the best care is, let alone knowing how and where to find it. We believe that patients do best when they follow a well-informed path to the right and best care, guided on their healing journey by a healthcare professional who possesses extensive expertise and insider knowledge. At Livingwell, our team is comprised exclusively of Registered Nurses with decades of clinical experience, who not only know where the obstacles are in the healthcare system but also know how to safely navigate around them.
Livingwell’s RN Patient Advocates possess the professional expertise, knowledge and judgment to help you to find the right and best physicians, evaluate your treatment options, minimize your risks whenever hospitalized, and make well-informed decisions regarding your own or a loved one’s care.
For clients dealing with an ill or dying parent or loved one, our team offers guidance on home hospice, choosing a facility, signing a do not resuscitate order, or dealing with one’s own emotional turmoil surrounding these decisions.
We consult in person and by phone, with clients across the U.S. and around the English-speaking world. An initial consultation is 2 hours, scheduled upon completion of three comprehensive questionnaires: medical and family history, current symptoms and diet-and-lifestyle. Our services are not currently reimbursable by insurance.
Once retained, we will research all of your options regarding the right physicians & surgeons, diagnosis & treatment plans, facilities, homecare & support personnel, then make recommendations to ensure that you receive the highest level of care. You will gain a medical champion who will support and guide you and your family, while ensuring your safety and protecting your privacy.
Barbara Abruzzo RN
Founder & President
Barbara Abruzzo RN, BCPA is a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Patient Advocate and social entrepreneur responsible for creating, building and leading three revolutionary healthcare service companies over the last 30 years.
Barbara started her healthcare journey as a Registered Nurse. She was an intensive care nurse for five years before she realized she wanted to affect the healthcare system in a different way. As someone who likes to see change happen, the effort it took to make a high-level difference in her position did not sit well with her. She decided to affect change by going into the business side of healthcare, first as a Vice-President for an national hospital staffing and homecare company, then by founding both a regional hospital staffing business for specialty nursing as well as a pediatric critical-care homecare service that cared for ventilator-dependent infants in the home.
As a young child, Barbara had been hospitalized numerous times for orthopedic surgeries beginning when she was just nine years old. In her 40’s, she found out that she was challenged with a genetic degenerative peripheral nervous system disorder. The combination of her extensive nursing experience, managing her hospital staffing and homecare businesses, along with being an ongoing patient gave her a unique perspective of the patient’s experience from multiple vantage points.
After selling her hospital staffing and homecare businesses in 1994, she found herself being asked questions by friends and family regarding their health and treatment issues for themselves or their loved ones. Barbara found that it came naturally to coach and guide these individuals in the direction of getting the right and best care. After multiple successes and positive feedback from those she had assisted, she started in 1999 to build her business as a patient advocate using her unique approach from both her personal and professional experiences.
Today, Barbara continues to lead and expand Livingwell's success based upon her unique ability to think outside the box and across disciplines. Her impeccable standards, ability to take an idea from concept to launch, and unique gift for developing the business into an industry leader are clear once more. By leveraging her emotional intelligence, she continues to attract the best and brightest talent and earn their respect and trust, which always has set her companies far above the competition.
Barbara and her team are committed to helping Livingwell's clients find their own path to health and healing: an informed path to finding the right and best care so that they can heal on all levels and return to a state of vitality and well-being.