Caring for you when you care for others.
“The rewards are many; the challenges great. I know. I care for my elderly parents, too.”
~ Z. Colette Edwards, MD, MBA
Providing care for an aging, ill or disabled loved one can be one of life’s greatest gifts. “But along with those gifts often come debilitating stressors, as I’ve learned very well in caring for my own senior parents,” founder Z. Colette Edwards shares. With a growing and aging Baby Boomer population, more and more individuals – and very often women – are juggling the demands of caring for generations both young and old, with limited time and energy left over for other family and friends, and (probably last and least) themselves.
Your Guide to Caring for Yourself
Coaching for Caregivers is our newest coaching solution, and it’s right on time. We will work with you individually to address your greatest needs – emotionally and physically – as a caregiver.
How It Works
Coaching for Caregivers provides one-of-a-kind insight and guidance. Founder Z. Colette Edwards, M.D., M.B.A. lends the first-person perspective of caregiver as well as physician, healthcare executive, and Integrative life and well-being coach to support you through your journey, providing vital information, relief and hope. Changing your mindset often isn’t enough. Helping identify resources outside of your existing network is essential in managing the sometimes overwhelming demands of caregiving.
While each coaching program is customized based on your needs, the fundamentals covered include:
- Assessing your current situation to understand both your unique challenges as well as your strengths
- Coaching you to clarify desired outcomes
- Setting goals and managing priorities
- Assertiveness coaching to navigate the healthcare system to achieve better health outcomes and advocate – for yourself and others
- Valuable insight to manage the challenges and layers of insurance and benefits
Taking good care of yourself helps you take better care of others
Prioritizing your needs at a time when you are stretched so thin requires self-awareness. Recognizing that you need help can often seem insurmountable. But taking steps to relieve your stressors as a caregiver stress helps prevent health problems and can help you be a better giver of care
You are Not Alone
Caregiver stress is on the rise as a leading contributor to depression and anxiety, which can lead to further risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Being “on-call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week can lead to sleeplessness, developing poor eating habits as well as the need to take more time off from work, which can create financial stressors. Add to that the grieving and overwhelmed feelings that can arise from navigating changes in behavior and conditions leading to loss of memory, caregiving takes its toll, both emotionally and physically.
Now is the time to ask for help – and to get it from a trusted, informed ally.