CAREGIVING. IT'S NOT FOR THE FAINT-OF-HEART.

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Are you overwhelmed in your role as a caregiver to a family member?

I've been there. 

For a decade, I was a caregiver to both of my parents who lived with Breast Cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. I also had a job, was raising a family and coped the best I was able. I made some mistakes and I created some successes. I learned a tremendous amount.

I believe with love all things are possible. I also believe that our perception of the challenges before us determine how we handle them.  

I have a degree in Communications from Boston University and am a:

Certified Dementia Practitioner

Certified Caregiving Consultant

Certified Dementia Communication Specialist

You and I might be a nice fit if you would like to:  

  • Consciously create a meaningful family caregiving experience 
  • Learn ways to auto-pilot + streamline parts of your life to reduce stress
  • Create a medical binder to organize all the details of care + track health changes
  • Review and edit financial obligations for savings and efficiency 
  • Manage worries in order to be fully present for you caree
  • Effectively advocate for your caree in healthcare settings
  • Transform negative feelings in positive feelings
  • Set the intention of your role and see the bigger picture
  • Accept your role with love and grace
  • Connect with someone who has been in a similar caregiving role 

If you are curious to find out if having a partner in caregiving may be beneficial, please schedule a complimentary 30-minute private consultation call or video chat. I accept a limited number of clients to ensure that you receive the best attention and access to resources that I am able to provide.

Calls take place from the comfort and convenience of your home, or wherever you and your cell phone happen to be! No rushing to another appointment or taking physical time away from your caree.

In addition to the information on this site and private consultations, I offer presentation programs that could be right for your group or organization. Topics include: 

  • The Longest Dance, finding your stamina for the dance of caregiving
  • The Dream Team, creating a team for a successful caregiving season
  • The After Life, welcoming peace into your life after caregiving

Sometimes knowing you have someone in your corner who "gets it" and is able to help you reach your caregiving goals can be just the thing to give you the focus and the resolve to continue forward in the very special (and very demanding) work of caregiving. 

   Your partner in caregiving, 

   Colleen Kavanaugh, CDP, CCC, CDCS

 

 Colleen@TheLongestDance.com

 

My mission is to EMPOWER YOU, the caregiver, with PROACTIVE STRATEGIES tailored to your specific needs that enable you to cultivate your physical and emotional WELL-BEING.


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TESTIMONIAL

They say, "Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others leave footprints on our heart, and we are never the same." Colleen Kavanaugh has left the footprints of a herd of buffalo on my heart as I watched her join the journey with her Dad as he lived with the challenges of both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Colleen walked the walk with him every step of the way gracefully, lovingly and selflessly. The path he followed was not always easy, but somehow she managed to savor every moment she had with her Dad and make wonderful memories. Colleen has taken all that she has learned about the importance of balancing caring for yourself while you are caring for someone else and created The Longest Dance. Colleen was her Dad's daughter, advocate, caretaker and friend but most of all his dance partner, as she was the one leading the dance when he no longer could. Colleen will partner with you in the often overwhelming caregiving role by providing support, sharing tools, discussing best practices but most of all lending a caring ear. As you limbo and hustle through the caregiver's dance, Colleen will remind you to take the time to listen to the music.

                                                                                                          -- ALLISON ELKOW LAZICKY, of TOP-NOTCH TEAMS                                                                                                              (A former director of my Dad's assisted living home)


WORDS FROM CLIENTS

I walk away from our sessions and have a sense of calm and control. You understand me and where I am coming from.
— May
The support and practical solutions you’ve shared with me have made all the difference in my days.
— Ann
Colleen is like a therapist without the Freud, and a personal trainer for your soul without the exercise.
— Monica

INTERESTED IN PARTNERING UP? 


READY TO HIT THE DANCE FLOOR? 

ONE 50-MINUTE SESSION
125.00

One 50-minute one-on-one phone or Skype session.

Monday - Friday between 9am - 5pm EST

Scheduled via email after purchase.

1 session is a simple way to get as-needed assistance with an issue you'd like some guidance on. It's also a great way to see if working with a caregiving consultant will be a valuable investment in your caregiving experience. 

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FOUR 50-MINUTE SESSIONS
395.00

Four 50-minute one-on-one phone or Skype sessions.

Monday - Friday between 9am - 5pm EST

Scheduled via email after purchase.

Four sessions allows us to go deeper in creating a comprehensive care plan that best fits your unique situation. Together we'll put in place strategies to manage stress and cultivate ways to find the physical and emotional stamina needed to care for someone.   

    *Can be scheduled at an interval best for you, not exceeding 6 months from date of purchase.

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Disclaimer:  I do not offer medical or legal advice.                                                                                                                                     I am not affiliated with any professional service providers or care facilities.