Saturday, February 19, 2005

Chronic Illness Coach

Chronic Illness Coach Patients with a chronic illness often find that they are lost and there is no one to guide them. While doctors provide them with the medical care they need, they often need help on how to cope with life. Here's an excellent website from someone who has "been there and done that" who offers guidance and advise in the form of coaching.
A chronic illness coach listens to a patient’s story - the problems and limitations they face because of their illness, what they’ve learned about life through their illness, and their hopes and dreams for the future. The coach then works with the patient to come up with specific strategies to help improve the individual’s daily life, and to make them feel more empowered to take charge of their health and disease management. This may involve an effective way to deal with the medical system to get the best possible treatment and care, or to help the patient create a strategy on ways they can achieve their personal goals. Ideally, sessions with a chronic illness coach will help the patient regain a feeling of control, positive expectation, and joy in living. Chronic illness coaching can be done through face-to-face meetings, telephone calls or email.

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