The Family Transition Coach: Assisting Baby Boomers and their Aging Parents

LIFE TRANSITIONS, SUCH AS DEALING WITH HEALTH ISSUES, getting divorced, taking care of aging parents, and becoming widowed are part of all of our lives.  Everyone is likely to go through at least one of these life changers. The real key to successfully navigating life’s transitions is being ready for them, and then understanding what is happening while it’s happening.

 

Just like getting ready for a camping trip or a tour of Italy, getting ready for life means being prepared.  Taking the time to think about things before they happen so you are ready for what might be is the most important step you can take.  We all know that the root of most stress is feeling like we are out of control.  It’s the unknown that does us in.  When we know what we are dealing with, or have thought about “What happens if …” then we feel like we’re in charge.  But, most of us tend to procrastinate and avoid preparing. 

 

Because we avoid preparing for life transitions in advance, we often feel overwhelmed as life happens. A family transition coach can be helpful whether you and your family are planning ahead or, as is so often the case, dealing with a transition as it is unfolding.  As an objective third party, your coach will provide focus and have experience with others who have gone through similar transitions.  Your coach will be knowledgeable about the many resources that are available to you.  A family transition coach can be engaged by the family or by one family member, and coaching can occur by phone or in person.

 

Some situations where a family transition coach can be of service include when an adult child realizes that his or her aging parent can no longer stay in his own home due to health and/or memory issues.  Or, a coach can be helpful when a decision has been made to divorce and there are many decisions to be made in a short period of time. Often, when a spouse has died, the surviving spouse is serving as Personal Representative and is uncertain about the many steps and decisions required to settle the estate and move on with his or her life. 

 

LifeBridge Solutions provides family transition coaching, along with specific services including daily money management, insurance claims advocacy, senior move management, and estate administration support.

 

For more information, visit www.LifeBridgeSolutions.com.