With a degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Suzanne Navin’s career began as a nursing home administrator and has spanned the last 35 years in related senior care services. After years trying to convince clients that a nursing home was the best option, she realized that no matter how you tried to sell the alternative living arrangement, everyone wants to stay home. Her years of experience as a nursing home administrator helped her understand the needs of patients that were going home early with home care. This led her to open Health Network of Wisconsin, a perfect blend of her fields of expertise and resources in management, home care services and options for assisted living. In order to meet the growing needs of older adults looking for a smaller assisted living arrangement, Health Network of Wisconsin opened Adult Family Homes in Greendale, Brookfield, and New Berlin.
Suzanne understands the stress a family goes through from her own family experience and involvement in the care of her own father who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and in the care of her mother who suffered a debilitating stroke followed by the onset of dementia. Suzanne was fortunate to be able to rely on caregivers to assist both her father and her mother. These caregivers provided the care and comfort her sisters and brother needed which allowed the adult children to be free of caregiving responsibilities; allowing the family to visit and not worry about tending to mom or dad’s health care needs. This deep appreciation for the loving and compassionate care a family depends has led her to provide a higher level of care to the elderly.