The idea of partnering with a dementia coach is new to many people. I created this list to help you understand exactly what is and is not covered in coaching sessions.
Dementia Coaching IS designed to provide:
- Individualized education and training about memory loss and dementia for family members or caregivers, and what to expect as the disease changes over time.
- Strategies for improving communication, minimizing problematic “behaviors,” and addressing family dynamics which can complicate the caregiving relationship.
- Emotional support aimed at reducing caregiver stress and isolation, and increasing caregiver confidence and effectiveness. Assistance with planning for a future that can often seem uncertain, including assistance with Advance Care Planning (Denver area only).
- Useful tips that are adapted to a care partners learning style in order to enable them to maintain a positive relationship with the person they are caring for, while also taking care of themselves in the process.
- Personalized interventions to help caregivers successfully adapt to the challenges involved with caring for someone with dementia through active listening, skillful guidance, and individualized action plans to reduce stress for the journey ahead.
- Assistance with navigating the grief and loss that comes from caring for someone living with dementia.
Dementia Coaching is NOT designed to provide:
- Case management services of any kind including: Coordination of food, housing, or in-home care, bill paying, guardianship or Medicaid applications, emergency interventions, home safety evaluations, or medication management.
- Assistance with the direct placement of individuals with dementia into care facilities — including nursing homes, assisted livings, rehab centers, or memory care communities.
- In-home services including: Cleaning, meal preparation, financial or medication management, respite care, or the provision or coordination of any direct personal care services.
I can assist with facilitating referrals to appropriate community resources, if you need help in this area.
Understand the difference between coaching and counseling
Traditional counseling or therapy approaches tend to be oriented towards exploring patterns or situations which occurred in the past, and were (or still are) creating problems in your current life. Traditional counseling or therapy are often accompanied by a mental health diagnosis and treatment plan.
While personal coaching also requires intensive training in listening and counseling skills, it is instead focused on what is happening now in your life, and where you would like to be in the future. Coaching provides personalized goals and an accountable partnership to help facilitate that process and support you along the way.