Champion for Solo Agers ("Elder Orphans" or "Solos"). Telephonic and video conferencing available. Complimentary Consultations by appointment (dedicated time and focus on you!) for inquiries towards engagement.
- I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
- I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
- I am insured
- My geographical area of practice is Online consulting - US -based
Armed with education and relevant work experience my sister and I thought we were the two best-equipped daughters on the planet to assist our parents as they aged. With my sister as part of the area Ombudsman office and I as a Legal/ Financial Specialist within a global EAP, we had phenomenal research capabilities and a wealth of resources at our fingertips.
What we encountered was a fragmented and complex healthcare system and soon I saw the gaping need. We struggled to oversee care coordination and ensure adequate communication among providers so as to make informed decisions. We put out fires, like when a specialist prescribed a medication considered to be dangerous in our father's condition (it was among those listed on the Beers CriteriaÂ® for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults). We fought with a Long Term Care insurance company to even get the claim initiated so that all those years of our parents' faithful payments would render funding for the care that they now needed. We researched and employed technology, created accessibility. We downsized and right-sized and helped our folks as they entered Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.
Here's an interesting part. We as sisters and caregivers and members of the Sandwich Generation, holding down professional employment and all the while spinning plates became fatigued and debilitated individuals. Grappling with home/work/life situations we found ourselves in disagreement regarding a parent's care decisions and housing. We became estranged. At one point I nearly sought to legally contest my sister's suitability as Power of Attorney. I was flying solo in support. You see, we both wanted what was best (for our dad), we just had different ways of achieving it.
I get it now. In my work now you will hear me refer to this facet of caregiving as "quibbling siblings" (whether infighting, downright estrangement, or even sabotage). I've been there.
I was meeting with success, truly navigating. Friends and professionals began to seek out my help with their circumstances and for advice.
More than a few folks declared "You should really hang out your shingle." My reply for a while was a steadfast "NO!" (no, I could never; things were still too fresh and In-My-Face). I loved and valued my work, and since my employer was a benefits company I was secure in them, surrounded by and with access to every benefit imaginable for health, work and life. Why would I ever want to leave that?
A series of events would soon follow, unconnected and unsolicited signs whose result was as close to 'A Calling' as I had ever felt. I was peppered with enough signs that I felt I must pay attention to them. So the "I could never" became the "maybe I could", and then the "could" was followed by the "I should" and finally the declaration "I will".
I've never looked back. And there's very little I would change.
NAVIGATE NC (the agency I founded and worked within 2013-2022) became a market leader for patient advocacy services, serving as the voice of patients and their families and enabling patients to receive the highest quality care. Today I provide online on consulting along with speaking, and teaching, helping patients and their loved ones nationwide to navigate healthcare and the challenges that arrive with aging.
I look forward, every day, to providing remedy. I thrive upon provoking thought and bringing solution. I will have our antennae up on behalf of you or your loved one, for best outcome, for safety, as support, to save you time and money. I can show you the way through The Kaleidoscope.