Donald is a certified life coach whose practice focuses on helping family caregivers take care of themselves by maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle while they provide care to their loved ones.
In 1997, Donald had the opportunity to be involved with a Physicians' Wellness Conference. Many prominent speakers were present to share their views on the stresses experienced by those in the health care industry. One of the biggest concerns expressed was how important it is for those in health care to take care of themselves in order to avoid burning themselves out.
His presence there showed him that there was a need for all caregivers, professional or not, to be mindful of self-care. Most of the speakers echoed, “The best way for you to be able to take care of others is to take care of yourself.” This touched Donald in so many ways, especially when he found myself in the role of caregiver to his mother-in-law.
Throughout the illness and after she passed away, Donald saw and experienced how the best and worst can happen to families when a loved one becomes ill or passes away. The stress, frustration, fatigue, and anger permeates the whole family, not just the caregivers.
When Donald decided to become a Life Coach, he felt there was a need for a system of support for Caregivers and their families. He was particularly drawn to focusing his practice on helping caregivers take care of themselves by maintaining a health and balanced lifestyle while they provide care for their loved ones. They explore the ways of living in the present, finding the joys, and creating a "new" normal for life.
His life has transformed many times through various careers and relationships, but he has also been a “sandwich generation” caregiver and is currently a “well spouse” caregiver. Donald knows the feelings of anger, stress, frustration, and guilt, but he has also felt the love, caring, appreciation, and immense satisfaction that being a caregiver can bring.
Explore the possibilities of enriching your life and easing the stress of caregiving. Taking care of your loved ones will be enhanced when you take care of yourself. Caregiver coaching will help you focus on what to do to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Caring for yourself is not selfish, it’s the greatest gift you can give your loved one.