What is a Caregiver Coach?
A coach can help you bridge the gap between knowing what you can be doing in your caregiving role and putting that information to action. They also consider your needs and identify issues that are of concern to you. A coach also:
- offers support in finding solutions to problems leading you to feel less stressed and more in control
- achieves your short and long term goals through the creation of a personalized action plan
- connects you with community resources
- helps you enhance your ability to provide care to your older family member
How does coaching work?
You will meet with a coach to go through an interview process (or assessment) that covers the many aspects of caregiving. Your coach will help you recognize issues that are of greatest concern and identify strategies and solutions to address those issues. Examples include involving other family members in providing care, receiving education on chronic illnesses or conditions, and learning to take time for self to prevent caregiver burnout. Your coach will communicate with you on a periodic basis to offer support and direction, especially as new issues arise.
What are the advantages of having a caregiver coach?
A coach will:
Is there a fee?
The cost of the A.C.E. Counseling & Caregiver Coach Program is based on income. A sliding fee scale will be used to determine the cost of services. No one will be denied services because of their inability to pay for services.
Because this service is made possible, in part, under the Federal Older Americans Act through a grant award from the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) under an Area Plan approved by the Minnesota Board on Aging, certain guidelines must be strictly adhered to. Cost sharing is one of those guidelines. A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota has a fully established and implemented Cost Share Policy/Statement of Value Process for Title III program participants with coordinating sliding scales. Title III-E Caregiver Counseling Sliding Fee Scale
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