Meet the Founders

Robert DeBlasio

Robert is a Registered Nurse and business owner whose innovations have transformed the healthcare landscape in middle Tennessee and beyond. His uncanny ability to identify market needs and design businesses that meet those needs, while providing healthy returns for investors, has earned him a reputation as one of middle Tennessee's most respected healthcare entrepreneurs.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, DeBlasio served in the U.S. Army, worked in the steel industry, and managed a successful flooring business before a hand injury led him to a career in nursing. After earning an Associate's degree in Nursing from Tennessee State University, DeBlasio served as a field supervisor at Willowbrook Home Health in Hendersonville and as a rehabilitation unit nursing supervisor at Health South in Gallatin. During his travels, he noticed that many patients and families needed non-medical assistance that home health agencies weren't equipped to offer. The obvious service gap sparked a business idea and in 1998, he launched Caregivers, Inc., the first company in middle Tennessee to offer non-medical homecare, lifestyle and companion services to the elderly, the disabled and others needing short-term assistance. Response to the new company was immediate and overwhelming. After the first year of operation, company sales revenue reached $400,000. By 2007, revenues topped $1.5 million. Today, Caregivers, Inc. employs between 125 and 130 employees and serves clients throughout middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

DeBlasio also noticed that many of his home care clients were having difficulty finding reliable contractors to build ramps and make home modifications. In 2005, he launched Affordable Home Access, the only company in the Nashville area to provide construction services specifically designed to help the elderly and disabled regain freedom, improve mobility and increase safety in the home. His business model features a team of Accessibility Consultants, including construction experts, nurses, geriatric experts, physical therapists and home care professionals who work together to offer dependable and high-quality services to families. Revenues skyrocketed, boosted by demand by Caregivers, Inc. clients, a wide base of referrals, and a growing base of commercial clients.

DeBlasio is a member of the Rotary Club of Hendersonville, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau. He lives with his wife, Betty, in Hendersonville, TN.

Betty DeBlasio

Betty is the co-founder of Affordable Home Access, an R.N. and a healthcare innovator with three decades of leadership experience in nursing home, health care and agency environments. As the company's Home and Public Health Advisor, Betty serves as a strategic consultant to the company on current and emerging accessibility and mobility issues.

After holding a variety of leadership roles at home health agencies in the Nashville area, Betty was tapped by the Tennessee Department of Health to lead the implementation of the state’s OASIS Program under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative. In this role, she provided education to all home health agencies (HHAs) on the OASIS data set and the use of outcome reports. Betty's quality improvement career began in 2006 when she joined Qsource, Tennessee’s Quality Improvement Organization, where she currently supports the Integrating Care for Populations and Communities (ICPC) under contract with CMS. Betty provides leadership by bringing together communities of healthcare providers and patients to improve care transitions and reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries in Tennessee.

Betty received her nursing degree from Roanoke Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Virginia. She holds SMQT CMS Certification as a long-term care surveyor.

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