Alison van Schie. Caregiver Consultant in the Comox Valley

My Journey

As a seasoned and recently retired social worker I value lifelong learning, taking educational opportunities that better equipped my practice to provide appropriate, practical and professional services to my clients’ specific needs.  Through my most recent certification from Caregiving.com I became a caregiver consultant in the Comox Valley, delivering services to my clients, through Alongside Caregiver Consulting. The training and certification is now provided through the Caregiving Years Training Academy as Caregiving.com has been sold; but remains a valuable resource for caregivers.

The majority of my social service career was spent working with families.  It wasn’t until after I moved to British Columbia in 2014 that I ventured into the new and exciting role of working with seniors.  I found a natural fit as I embraced working with seniors and their families. This is where the gap in supports for caregivers first became apparent to me.  I saw there were unmet needs.  For example, when a loved one moved into long term care, the caregiver experienced many emotions. They also experienced losses and questioned the future for themselves as well as their loved one.  They could benefit from having someone to come alongside.

When I first moved to the Comox Valley, I volunteered with folks in the early stages of dementia, together with their care partners.  I have seen the same need for caregiver support; this time while the care recipient still resided at home.  The dementia diagnosis not only impacted the person with dementia, but also their caregiver.  Thus, the caregiver needs their own supports as they travel the ever-changing journey with their loved one.  By enhancing the caregiver’s situation, the care for the loved one is also enhanced.

Through Alongside Caregiver Consulting I provide professional, emotional and practical supports as a caregiver consultant in the Comox Valley.  I couple this certification as a caregiver consultant with my vast social work experience to present to you the enhanced services of Alongside Caregiver Consulting.  Through this business my goal is to assist the caregivers, recognizing they are the experts in their own situations as they navigate this uncharted territory, so they do not feel alone.

My Strengths

  • Assisting with transition and grief support
  • Educating and providing resources
  • Providing advocacy
  • Helping to prioritize your needs
  • Experienced facilitator
  • Excellent listener