Preventative and supportive care services have become a common need in our society. We are making a mental shift from not only treating symptoms but also learning to live in a manner that prevents the likelihood of imbalances that can lead to chronic issues. When it comes to our health, prevention is critical to reducing rates of chronic disease, premature death, disability, and controlling the cost of health care (Edsall Kromm, E., Beilenson, P, 2011). Finding an appropriately trained professional, such as a caregiver, coach, or consultant based on ones' needs and abilities, is integral to the successful completion of ones' goals.
Training Credentialing and Licensing
An individual caregiver may or may not carry training, credentials, or licensing. While there is no state or governmental licensing program available for coaches, I.C.F. offers memberships to coaches who adhere to their policies (and pay the fee). Herbalists have a similar certifying body called the American Herbalist Guild (I.H.G.). Because there is no real regulating body for coaching, anyone can do it. Be sure to check the training and credentials of a coach if the areas of supportive care are integral to your wellness.
There are many forms of caregivers who provide preventative and supportive services. Companion caregivers, consultants, and coach are among the unlicensed service providers who can offer individualized and preventative support to a client. Licensing and credentialing varies for each field of care and depends on state or governmental regulations. When choosing a supportive care provider, one will want to determine how this professional can provide the necessary support. Choose a caregiver that resonates with the clients' style of perception. Finally, check their credentials to verify they have had training that resonates with the clients' values. Caregivers, coaches, and consultants do not provide treatment; instead, they develop wellness protocols based on clients needs and preferences.
What is a Caregiver
A caregiver provides care and support to a client who needs extra help to promote wellness and functionality during a particular stage of life (N.C.A.C., 2018). A person who is caring for a relative and has not received any training can be considered companion caregiver. The state often certifies someone who has received training in how to care for others and their activities of daily living and is regarded as a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.). Many other types of caregivers specialize in a variety of fields, including childcare, healthcare, mental health, and more. Registered nurses, therapists, and counselors are caregivers who retain licensing in their specified field of study. These caregivers can sometimes provide treatment to a client if they are given permission and authority to do so.
Generally, a caregiver provides services in situations where long-term care is needed. The type of care provided depends on the need of the client. The duration of care often lasts for the term of the ailment. The client does not necessarily need to know how to care for themselves but needs assistance in completing particular tasks. A C.N.A. knows about certain aspects of daily living and care modalities. A therapist can also be regarded as a caregiver if the client relies on the therapist to achieve fundamental goals.
This type of service is perfect for a person who struggles to (or cannot) complete tasks necessary for daily life. The client does not need to learn about how to complete a task; instead, they need assistance getting the task done.
What is Coach
According to the International Coaching Federation, a coach is a partner with the client in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires a client to maximize their personal and professional potential (I.C.F., 2019). A coach can have training and knowledge in areas such as sports, wellness, lifestyle, and more.
A coach is a sounding board for a client to discover their goals and ways to achieve them. A coach provides continuous support throughout the clients' particular journey. Coaching is goal-oriented, and the answers are client-driven. The coach offers support through a clients' journey and offers information when appropriate. Similar to caregiving, a coach provides support to a client where it is needed. Coaches are not therapists, or counselors do not, and they do not focus on past events. Coaches do not diagnose, treat, or cure disease. Coaches focus on a client's immediate goals, needs, abilities. A coach works with a client to develop a plan of action relating to current daily processes in the promotion of achievement of a particular goal.
Those who wish to discover their goals and learn about tools for success on a particular topic benefit from coaching. A person who is a self- starter, and those who need a little support and confidence will also benefit significantly from coaching.
What is a Consultant
A consultant is an expert who provides professional advice or opinions and to help solve a challenge. A consultant presents solutions to a particular problem based on their knowledge (Solberg-Tapper, P., 2010).
Similar to coaching, consulting offers expertise to the client. Consulting is based more on knowledge and information as opposed to coaching, which includes additional support and allows the client more time to explore their circumstance.
A consultant often offers sessions on an individual basis. The consultant provides information to the client but does not necessarily support the client through the process of solving the problem.
Self-starters will benefit from this type of attention. While the support is not as evident, the knowledge is. With the information presented, a client can adjust to their particular situation.
Research validates that preventative and supportive care can provide many health benefits. Professions vary in terms of training, credentialing, and licensing. The services offered vary in structure based on the clients' needs and preferences. Choosing a supportive caregiver, coach, or consultant is an essential task because learning to live a holistically healthy life, and receiving the appropriate amount of support, contributes to successful outcomes.
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