Coach4care trains experienced carers to become coaches so that they can use their previous experience and new skills to support other carers in a rewarding a meaningful way.
How can coach4care help carers?
Anyone who is caring for a loved one who is dying learns a lot about how to care. What is challenging is sustaining energy and resilience throughout the caring journey so people can give the best possible care to their loved ones. Coach4care helps carers through coaching to help them reflect on their situation and take action to improve their well-being and the well-being of those they care for.
Carers want structured conversations that help them to reflect on their lives and make positive changes. The difficulties they face are often subtle and it isn’t easy to identify goals and actions, and coaching can help them to explore their situation in depth, come up with new ideas and try out solutions. A coach doesn’t give advice but asks people questions to help them come up with solutions themselves. He or she helps people have the space and time to think and reflect on their situations. We know that experienced carers are best placed to deliver this support because they truly understand what it is like.
How can coach4care support me?
Coach4care can also add value to carers who have cared for someone in the past and who want to give back by:
acknowledging and building their skills;
Increasing their social support and validating their feelings; and
growing themselves through supporting others.
Professional coaches train ex-caregivers as coaches and help them to develop their previous expertise and learn new skills that they can use in a rewarding and meaningful way. To find out more about how this service works we have created a blueprint of their journey through the service.
The double diamond coaching model
The Double Diamond Coaching Model is a new coaching tool created with the help of coaches and carers, for carers. It is based on the Double Diamond, a process for innovation created by the Design Council. The reason why this process was chosen as a basis for a coaching tool for Coach4care is because it helps to:
Provide care with warmth and love
Manage the balance between the stress of caring and their capacity to cope by building resilience and well being
Continue previous activities, sustain hope, keep control, and experience satisfaction in their role
Help them to obtain the practical, medical, emotional and information related support to decrease their vulnerability and protect against fatigue and burnout.
There is a copy of this model for both the coach and the carer. In the sessions the coach and carer can have the booklets open on the table and work through the questions together. The idea is that a coach doesn’t need to be an expert in asking questions but can work with the carer to find the answers. It also outlines a list of tools that can be used to help carers reflect on their experience and develop new ideas for providing the best care possible. A digital and printable version of the model can be downloaded below.
Would I qualify as a coach?
In order to make sure carers receive the best support possible we have created a set of criteria for coaches. Some qualities and skills are needed before the training and some you will develop during the training. You can view our criteria below.