Personal Support & Education for Family Caregivers/Care Partners

Sometimes, blogs and YouTube videos are NOT enough when facing dementia-related behaviors.

“She won’t take a bath.” “He won’t go to bed.”

Sound familiar? Care-refusal behavior is common across the dementias and tends to increase as the dementia gets worse. Refusals and arguments place family carers in a rough, no-win position: the person with dementia requires more help but becomes angry and defensive when help is offered or provided. If the carer cannot help because of the arguments and anger, the person with dementia goes without. The family carer then feels guilty and judged by others, who may question the quality of care offered by the family caregiver. Let’s break this cycle.

I offer a variety of individual or group coaching sessions that can help family carers manage these behaviors. This sessions are virtual, meaning we can interact using computers, tablets, and smartphones. No need to travel. Group sessions include 2-4 family members. And by family, I include “families of choice,” close friends who support the primary caregiver and the person with dementia. I prefer group sessions because everyone gets on the same page quickly, which also helps out the primary caregiver. Group sessions also provide more bang for the buck; I charge by the session regardless of number of participants. Click here for more information.

“He is so stubborn and MEAN!”

There are several dynamics going on that trigger the mean and stubborn behavior. I have helped family caregivers understand and reduce this behavior. In many cases, just after one coaching session.

What is “Coaching?”

I define coaching as a two-way (or more, depending on the number of people attending a session) conversation in which I provide some education, but more importantly, work with you to come up with scripts and concrete strategies for managing problematic or challenging behaviors. THIS IS NOT COUNSELING OR PSYCHOTHERAPY. Venting is OK, but we have to figure out, in an efficient manner, who to deal with the behaviors. Coaching helps the caregiver but even more importantly, helps the person with dementia who may be suffering as well due to misunderstandings.

I’ve been coaching “live” within office visits for decades. I started doing virtual coaching sessions as part of a research study I co-developed over a year ago. When we started the research study, I began receiving requests from families who did not qualify for the study, asking me to work with them privately. I now have a business solely devoted to helping formal (nursing home/assisted living staff) and informal carers manage dementia-related behaviors. I offer a variety of coaching programs and options so that I can tailor the process for YOUR specific needs.

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