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Mission & Values

Our mission is to provide the best geriatric care management service in the Twin Cities.

Our values are:

Respect for clients' dignity. We firmly believe our clients should participate in their caregiving decisions to the best of their ability.

Expertise. We strive to provide the community with a reliable, trusted, and authoritative voice on aging-related issues. With over 100 years of combined experience, our Care Managers are Registered Nurses and Licensed Social Workers who have obtained certification in geriatric care management (CMC) and are members of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM). We regularly appear at public conferences, offer "in-service" sessions for professionals in the community, conduct formal or informal workshops for families, and publish a monthly newsletter, "The Pathfinder Post".

Comprehensive. Our assessments review functional status, psychosocial/emotional status, health, legal and financial status, cognitive ability, nutritional status, and environmental issues. We provide a broad spectrum of services, from medical advocacy to arranging for financial and legal planning, from coordinating home health services to providing oversight of care. While our process is standardized, we evaluate each client's unique needs through an individual assessment and create a plan of action tailored to meet those needs promptly and thoroughly.

Willing to go the extra mile. Because we do almost anything a caring family member would do, many of our clients think of us as their "Rent a Daughter™." We put our hearts into our work, while maintaining a high standard of professionalism and customer service. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with direct access to a care manager in crisis or emergency situations.

Our History

Pathfinder Care Management/"Rent a Daughter™" formed on January 1, 2005, as a result of the merger between Pathfinder Senior Care Consulting and Estates in Transition/Rent a Daughter™.

Pathfinder Senior Care Consulting was founded by Kathleen Dempsey in 2002. Ms. Dempsey has served seniors and their families in private homes and skilled nursing facilities for over 10 years. As a certified gerontological nurse she was instrumental in the design and management of memory loss units for the Ebenezer Society and Walker Methodist, Inc.

Estates in Transition/Rent a Daughter™ was founded in 1982 by Shelley Joseph-Kordell to provide financial and care management services for older adults. Ms. Joseph-Kordell set the benchmark for the profession in the Twin Cities and made professional advocacy for the elderly her passion in life. Today, the staff carries on her legacy of helping seniors find dignity and comfort a legacy that forms the basis of our commitment to each of our clients. For more about Shelley Joseph-Kordell, please click here.

Meet the Staff

Kathleen Dempsey, Founder/CEO
Kathleen Dempsey, RN, BC, has served seniors and their families both in private homes and skilled nursing facilities for over 10 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from the College of Saint Catherine, Saint Paul, and went on to receive her certification as a gerontological nurse from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Prior to founding Pathfinder Care Management, Ms. Dempsey served seniors in long term care and was instrumental in the design and management of memory loss units for the Ebenezer Society and Walker Methodist, Inc. Ms. Dempsey also served seniors in their homes through work as a home health and hospice nurse with Fairview Health Systems. Ms. Dempsey founded Pathfinder Care Management in 2002 out of a desire to provide one-on-one advocacy, support and resource recommendations to seniors and their caregivers. Recognized as an expert in her field, Ms Dempsey has had the privilege of speaking both locally and nationally on a variety of issues impacting seniors and their families. Ms. Dempsey is a board member of the Minnesota Gerontological Society and a member of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers.

Linda Morshare, Care Manager
Linda Morshare, BA, RN, MA brings a passion for serving seniors and over 25 years of nursing experience to Pathfinder Care Management, including working in hospitals, homecare and outpatient settings. As Director of Nursing at Methodist Hospital, she developed the Institute for Eating Disorders as well as the inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Additionally, she directed the creation of the outpatient Wound Care Center for Fairview Southdale Hospital for treatment of chronic non-healing wounds. Linda's work as a consultant took her to the departments of Home Health Care, Nursing, Surgery and primary care clinics at hospitals nationwide to enhance operations and contain costs. Working extensively with Lou Gehrig 's disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and Multiple Sclerosis has given Linda unique insights into coping with chronic and progressive illnesses. Linda holds a Masters in Health and Human Services and is a member of the Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association.

Marlene Panek, Operations Manager
Marlene Panek has been serving seniors and their adult children for the past nine years working in assisted, memory care focused and independent senior housing communities throughout the Twin Cities. She is a past board member of the Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association, and a member of Social Workers In Marketing, and the MN Association of Guardianship & Conservatorship. She is certified through the Assisted Living Federation of America and holds a degree in Marketing, Sales and Management.

Margaret Wallace, Community Relations
Margaret Wallace, LSW brings 21 years of experience working in the senior care industry. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, she worked with seniors for 10 years as a Social Worker and Director of Social Services for Good Samaritan Society and Friendship Village of Bloomington. For nearly 10 years, Margaret worked as Communications Coordinator and Editor of the Network News for Care Options Network. She assisted with the development of the professional organization, Social Workers in Marketing (SWIM) and held several board positions, including President. Margaret is also a member of the Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association and is Co-Chair of the MN Association for Home Care Social Workers.

Julie McChesney, Care Manager
Julie McChesney, LSW, brings to Pathfinder Care Management over 20 years of Social Work experience assisting families and clients through transitions. After graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN Julie worked in a variety of long term care settings focusing on older adults. Julie was Director of Social Services for a Long Term Care Facility and is a Care Ministries Social Worker for Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She has attained certifications and extensive training as an Honoring Choices MN facilitator and completed the VOA Guardian/Conservator course. Julie is a Licensed Social Worker and a professional member of the Minneapolis Senior Workers Association.

Cathy Clark, Care Manager
Cathy Clark R.N. B.S. brings over 30 years of hospital and homecare experience working with adults of all ages.  She has a passion and expertise working with families who are in crisis with their loved ones. Her extensive background in hospital and psychiatric nursing brings a unique area of skills for the families, clients and colleagues she works with.  She has worked at Hennepin County Medical Center, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Sister Kenny and various homecare companies, both private and Medicare certified.  These areas of specialties bring a full knowledge to the health care industry in her practice at Pathfinder Care Management.

Pathfinder Care Management?

Since 2002 we have been recognized by the senior care industry as a leader in providing expert short term or ongoing individualized care services for older adults in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. We are committed to continue giving objective, expert and trustworthy care giving advice, 24/7.

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Honesty & Integrity

Our referrals and recommendations come straight from years of expertise and experience and not from a list of commission fee based incentives. Pathfinder Care Management's referrals are always objective and with our clients' best interest at heart.

Pathfinder's expertise is in dealing with the broader issues related to overall care and the family dynamics that can often make decisions difficult. I'd trust Pathfinder implicitly to care for my family." P. B., Son

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