The Philadelphia area has long been associated with independence—from Independence Mall to Valley Forge National Historical Park. The battle for independence was led by George Washington 242 years ago and culminated in the historic swipes of our forefathers’ pens.
Today, independence means different things to different people, but is still rooted in equality and the pursuit of happiness. For Erin McDevitt, a Phoenixville resident, independence has been the cornerstone of her career, according to a recent press release.
In 2014, McDevitt founded Aging Your Way to provide the over-sixty population with supports coordination and case management under the Home and Community Based Service Waiver program. In July 2018, McDevitt rebranded the business as Achieving More, to reflect its expanded services including supports coordination for people with intellectual disabilities.
McDevitt, who graduated from the Temple University Beasley School of Law, started her career as a lawyer. After two decades practicing mostly in Orphans Court, she realized it was not her passion. The death of her sister and aunt within a year was the impetus for McDevitt to reevaluate her career.
She began to practice as a guardian, spending time in nursing homes where she witnessed how people suffered from a lack of independence and the loss of familiar surroundings. McDevitt leveraged her career in law and experience as a guardian to start Aging Your Way.
Achieving More serves participants in the Aging Waiver, Attendant Care and Independence Waiver, Consolidated Waiver, Community Living Waiver, and Person/Family Directed Support Waiver programs.
A business that started with one service coordinator now has 14 employees—a few of whom have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Achieving More works to get to know their clients on an individual basis and assemble a supports coordination team based on their needs. The most common issues facing Achieving More’s participants include housing, understanding available assistance, and confidence building.
To learn more about Achieving More click here.