If you’re one of the 16 million Americans providing unpaid care to a family member or friend who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you already have a sense of how challenging it can be—physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and financially.
Meeting with a Dementia Coach can give you the support you need.
Answer the four questions below to see if coaching could be right for you.
Do you have a family member or friend who is experiencing increased forgetfulness or confusion, behavioral changes, or is having more difficulty coping with day to day life because of memory changes or dementia?
Are you involved with providing support or caregiving for this family member or friend, and struggling with what to do or how to help?
Do you wish you had someone to provide you with personalized coaching and mentoring, so you would feel more confident and less stressed as a caregiver?
Are you searching for ways to preserve your relationship with the person you are caring for, while also taking care of yourself in the process?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, help is available.
What Care Partners Are Saying…
“Kay’s ‘secret talent’ is her ability to hone in on what’s bothering me, and she does it with care and compassion. As a caregiver I am sometimes overcome by my feelings of guilt and sadness, and after a session with Kay I am able to give myself a break. Dealing with my emotions around my husband’s Mild Cognitive Impairment, (MCI) is stressful and Kay’s coaching has given me hope that I can navigate these uncharted waters.
Initially Kay met with my husband and me in our home, which made it easier for us to talk about what we were going through. She understood what our immediate challenges were. I felt that I had an advocate, someone who understood what I am dealing with. Her style is honest and direct. I quickly discovered that she has the experience to help us.”
—Coaching client and care partner
Here are some benefits coaching offers
Access to Education, Support & Tools
Family members and care partners who are caring for someone living with dementia may face immense obstacles due to the complex and burdensome nature of this disease. That is why it is critically important for caregivers to have access to education, support and tools so that they are empowered to provide the best care possible, while simultaneously striving to honor their own needs and health in the process.
Dementia coaching can help care partners to successfully adapt to the challenges involved in caring for someone with dementia through active listening, skillful guidance, and individualized action plans designed to increase confidence and reduce stress for the journey ahead.
Taking Care of Yourself
Being a care partner to someone living with any form of dementia puts you at risk for many things yourself, including:
Higher levels of depression, anxiety and substance abuse
Increased social isolation
Chronic health problems
Lower levels of self-esteem and self-care
Higher levels of stress that can eventually lead to a decline in cognition
Increased risk of heart disease and mortality compared to non-caregivers
There are ways to be pro-active as a care partner so that you can improve or maintain your own health and quality of life, while also providing the best possible care and quality of life to the person living with dementia in the process. Dementia coaching and consulting can help tremendously by providing emotional support, techniques and guidance in an authentic and compassionate way that makes the caregiving journey more manageable and successful for all involved.
A dementia coach can help to improve the quality of life of the person living with dementia, as well as their care partners through rendering emotional, social and practical support along the way.
A dementia coach performs a wide variety of services including, but not limited to:
Educating families about the disease, and how to prepare for the future
Creating successful strategies to minimize problematic behavioral symptoms
Navigating the grief and loss that comes from caring for someone with dementia
Increasing caregiver support and confidence through education and training
Developing solutions that will reduce stress for both the caregiver and the person living with dementia
Facilitating positive change through honest feedback, clarity, and compassionate guidance.
Kay M. Adams is a seasoned dementia coach taking appointments now.
What Coaching Includes
Learn more about what coaching includes and how it can help you.
Compassion Works, LLC enthusiastically engages care partners and organizations impacted by dementia through coaching, consulting, education and training, so they are empowered to effectively face challenges with confidence, clarity and connection.