House to Home Relocation Interview with Cate McCarty, Ph.D., The Dementia Coach, Clearwater, Florida, April 2, 2012
1. What makes a dementia coach different from a Geriatric Care Manager?
A dementia coach specializes in dementia dynamics solely while a geriatric care manager works with a range of elder health issues. The term coach is used to indicate the breadth and scope of roles the coach has played in the dementia arena. A dementia coach validates and encourages each member of the family care team with health and happiness as the short and long-term perspective.
Much like a Geriatric Care Manager, a dementia coach develops a game plan to address the needs of the individual as well as the caregiver. Much like a Geriatric Care Manager, I suggest the use of community resources specific to the needs of the caregiver and recipient. Because dementia caregiving leads to a higher rate of health decline to the caregiver than other disease caregiving, I assess both caregiver and care recipient. Once the game plan is in action for a time, re-assessment is done and an updated plan formulated. Read more