are you caring for someone in an older generation?
Whether your situation is short- or long-term, you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed by your responsibilities, or maybe even resentful about how your life has changed.
If you feel like you’re missing out or aren’t showing up as your best self for yourself (or for your loved ones), you’re not alone.
Caregiver Coaching might be right for you if
You feel overwhelmed by being a caregiver
Pressure from non-caregiver siblings and family is causing you stress
You feel like you can’t make time to care for yourself
The person you are caring for has unrealistic or outdated expectations
Family disagrees with your choices as a caregiver
You aren’t prioritizing your own healthy eating and exercise
You feel like you don’t have the right to make different choices
Why are we so passionate about helping people who are caring for older loved ones? Well, it’s personal. Our founder and CEO, Kay Coughlin, tells the story this way:
“Almost a decade ago, my family and I moved back to my hometown to live next door to my parents. At the time, my parents didn’t need any help with their personal tasks, but they were having trouble keeping up with their 5-acre property. So my husband and I decided it was time to transition our family into a living situation that would allow me to become my parents’ primary caregiver whenever the need would arise.
While we didn’t plan to live in the same house with my parents, construction on their house was delayed – and we had no choice but to live under the same roof for almost two months! Very quickly, I began to study how we were behaving toward one another. We all love and respect each other very much, but I’ll let you imagine what it would be like to suddenly be crammed into a 3-bedroom ranch house with your parents and all of their worldly possessions, and with your spouse and kids and all of their stuff, too!
Over time, I learned that I could make some small changes in my thinking, behavior, language, and the way I was making decisions – and that my small changes could have a significant impact on the quality of life and love for everyone in my family.”
Now, we help clients learn how they can change their thoughts, beliefs and actions to reduce stress, build a new and loving relationship with the people they care for, and succeed in all areas of their lives, even beyond their duties as a caregiver.
Caregiver Coaching is designed to help you
Be fully present at work, at home, and as a caregiver
Love the person you are caring for unconditionally
Change family dynamics to reduce your stress
Set realistic expectations and boundaries as a caregiver
Ask for help when you need it
Change your thinking so you can focus on getting sleep, eating right and exercising
Realize you don’t have to put the rest of your life on hold
Carve out time for yourself
Set goals to achieve what you desire in all areas of your life
Kay Coughlin, CEO and Chief Facilitator of Facilitator On Fire, is on a mission to help Millennials, Gen X-ers and Boomers (and iGen/Zs and Traditionalists, too!) become happier, together.
Kay’s “Connecting Across Generations” seminar, one component of the Great Teams on Purpose Leadership Lab (TM) helps leaders and managers build amazing multi-generational teams in workplaces. “Caregiver Coaching” helps those caring for a person from an older generation overcome the frustration and guilt that threaten to overwhelm the responsibilities that often are an important part of the role of being a caregiver.
Facilitator on Fire is a subsidiary of Donor Relations Mindset LLC, which Kay founded in 2015. She lives with her husband and children in central Ohio. Kay can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
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