My wife Nancy was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in January 2008. It wasn’t until November that I attended my first caregiver support group – 10 months later! In retrospect, how I wish I had been able to connect much earlier with someone who had walked this journey themselves, and thus could have provided me guidance, resources, and “next steps”, enriched by their own stories, experiences – and their hope.
It is for this reason I provide coaching and consulting services to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Using both my own personal caregiving experience, along with an extensive professional background, I am able pass on to others insights, information, and resources – all rooted in an empathic understanding of their difficult journey.
So, what is “Caregiver Coaching”?
- We will identify those areas where you are facing the greatest challenges, and discuss tools to help you be the loving caregiver you want to be.
- You are no good to your loved one if you are not taking care of yourself. We’ll discuss what that means so you can experience respite without guilt.
- We’ll also talk about the good news – your caregiver stories of success and joy that can emerge wonderfully from your journey.
- You will have a private, confidential opportunity to share your and your loved one’s story.
In person is best. If that is not feasible, phone or Skype are options.
Typically, to start, we will meet weekly or bi-weekly. We will work together to create a session plan that works best for you. And we’ll always review and adjust as circumstances dictate.