Turning PAGES with Health Coaching and Family Involvement

Turning PAGES with Health Coaching and Family Involvement

Jennifer Lynne Bird (Florida Atlantic University, USA) and Eric T. Wanner (Palm Beach Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9494-1.ch010
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Abstract

This narrative provides a foundation for the PAGES family coaching program. PAGES is an acronym for practice patience, accept the present, gather information, encourage, and self-care. Each part of the acronym represents advice that family members of patients in hospitals can implement into their lives. When patients attend group physical therapy classes in a hospital after surgery, it helps to have family members present to offer support during the healing process. However, sometimes when coaching loved ones, family members can get emotionally involved and lose their objectivity. A health coach can provide the missing link of “teaching the teachers” by demonstrating effective coaching practices. The goal of the chapter is to introduce you as the reader to the PAGES program so you will simultaneously learn about a new initiative as well as reflect on ways to apply the information to your own life.
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The Pages Family Coaching Program

Helping Patients Turn New Pages and Write New Chapters in Their Healing Journeys

To help your loved one who is a patient:

  • Practice Patience: Healing is a journey. No one can wave a magic wand and provide an immediate cure. Celebrate progress, no matter how small.

  • Accept the Present: Feelings of guilt, anger, and frustration are normal, but are not helpful when coaching. No matter what happened in the past, this is where you are now. Worrying about the future only causes additional stress. Try your best to remain in the present moment. Consider writing in a journal to sort through your feelings.

  • Gather Information: The medical professionals such as doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and speech therapists are here to help you. Ask questions, and listen to their instructions. Consider bringing a notebook with you to write down information so you don’t have to remember it.

  • Encourage: During the healing journey, patients need cheerleaders. You are a source of hope and light during this process and a little support can make a large difference.

  • Self-Care: In order to take care of your loved one, take care of yourself too. You can better help someone else when your own needs, such as hunger and sleep, are met too.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Accept the Present: Feelings of guilt, anger, and frustration are normal, but are not helpful when coaching. No matter what happened in the past, this is where you are now. Worrying about the future only causes additional stress. Try your best to remain in the present moment. Consider writing in a journal to sort through your feelings.

Self-Care: In order to take care of your loved one, take care of yourself too. You can better help someone else when your own needs, such as hunger and sleep, are met too.

Gather Information: The medical professionals such as doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and speech therapists are here to help you. Ask questions, and listen to their instructions. Consider bringing a notebook with you to write down information so you don’t have to remember it.

Practice Patience: Healing is a journey. No one can wave a magic wand and provide an immediate cure. Celebrate progress, no matter how small.

Encourage: During the healing journey, patients need cheerleaders. You are a source of hope and light during this process and a little support can make a large difference.

PAGES: An acronym for the terms described in this section.

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