By Sarah Ovaska for The Journal of Accountancy
William Cummings first noticed his father's faltering memory when visiting his dad's out-of-state home. The power had been cut off because of nonpayment while uncashed checks stacked up inside the house.
Cummings, a CPA/PFS and president of the accounting and wealth advisory firm Concierge Financial Organization, moved his father to Tampa, Fla., and became his caretaker in 2011 following a diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other ailments. It touched off a steep learning curve for Cummings, who had been caught off guard by his father's illness despite many years of professional accounting and financial planning experience.
"I was a deer in the headlights," he said. "Google doesn't tell you what you need to know. I learned through my own trial and error in making decisions for my dad."
Cummings's father died in 2014, and the CPA financial planner realized there was a need to help others in similar situations. He wrote a book — It Wasn't on My Calendar: 13 Lessons in Working Through Elder Care and Alzheimer's — and now dedicates a fair portion of his firm's work to elder care services.