I’m a Certified Caregiving Consultant and Life Coach. When I’m not helping others find their way through the challenges caregiving can throw at them, I’m hanging with my wife, Karin, and our great nephew, who we are fostering and hope to adopt one day.
A Career in the Disability Field
I began volunteering with children with developmental and physical disabilities when I was 14. A year later, I was hired as a Recreation Specialist and worked for the City of Fullerton until I was 22 with both children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree from Chapman University, I began working at the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (IABA) as a direct support staff for adults with developmental disabilities. I have extensive experience with adults with developmental disabilities and know how to navigate the Regional Center system in California and the services they provide. I went on to receive my Master’s degree in Organizational Management which led to me becoming one of the Service Directors at IABA.
Qualified by Personal Experience
I lived with my grandfather for seven years at the end of his life and was one of his primary caregivers.
In 2015, my father received a lifesaving kidney transplant after enduring years of dialysis due to kidney disease from Agent Orange Exposure in the Vietnam War. Sadly, he contracted an extremely rare fungal disease in his lungs and passed away only 5 months later.
In 2019, in partnership with my mom, I added an accessible suite onto my home to allow her to move in with me. She lived there with us for a little over a year and passed in December 2020.
In all of these circumstances, I was chiefly responsible for managing the care of my loved ones, up until the very end, coordinating their hospice care.
I am now a foster parent to my great nephew and am working towards adoption.
Brave Caregiving was born.
After my father’s death, I searched for meaning and a way to process my conflicting feelings. I found The Life Coach School and it changed my life. In 2018, I was certified as a Life & Weight Loss coach through The Life Coach School.
In 2019, I became a Certified Caregiving Consultant through Caregiving.com, which is now CareYearsAcademy.com.
Certified Caregiving Consultant
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