by Zinta Aistars
for Golden Slippers Network
July 20, 2015
When her mother was diagnosed with dementia, Cheryl Edwards-Cannon realized how little she knew about helping her mother navigate her senior years. What were her mother’s needs and how could she best help her?
Fifteen years later, Edwards-Cannon has accumulated a great deal of expertise in not only helping her parent, but helping others in similar situations.
“I found few resources back then to help me find the best care for my mother,” Edwards-Cannon says. Today, that has changed, she says, and the organization she has established since, called Clear Path Choices, LLC, connects families with all the resources they need to navigate elderly care.
Edwards-Cannon is CEO and lead consultant at Clear Path Choices. She works with a team of attorneys, financial planners, social workers and law enforcement. Along with assisting families to create personalized, strategic plans for their senior loved ones, she leads seminars and workshops to guide participants in life decisions.
A consultation with a Clear Path Choices representative begins with questions about health: What kind of lifestyle is your loved one accustomed to? Is he or she ready for this move? How independent is the senior and how much assistance will be required?
“Then we talk about geographic location,” Edwards-Cannon says. “We can help you move anywhere, in Michigan or anywhere in the country.”
Based on the individual’s needs, three locations are recommended with the final decision left to the family.
Edwards-Cannon says, “It can be hard to leave home. We tell caregivers—don’t make it about you. Make it about your loved one. They want to know what will change in their lives, what will stay the same.”
Finding the best place to live is about keeping your loved one safe and increasing longevity. Signs which may indicate a need for placement, Edwards-Cannon says, are increased falls or accidents at home.
If you think that understanding insurance policies is confusing, Edwards-Cannon agrees.
“Oh, I think they are designed to be confusing,” she laughs. “But it’s important to ...