Alison van Schie. Caregiver Consultant in the Comox Valley

My Journey

As a seasoned social worker I value lifelong learning, taking educational opportunities to better equip 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.

I have spent the majority of my social service career 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 the care facility, the caregiver experienced many emotions. They also experienced losses and questioned the future for themselves and their caree.  They could benefit from having someone to come alongside.

Now that I live in the Comox Valley, I have been volunteering with folks in the early stages of dementia, together with their caregivers.  I have seen the same need for caregiver support; this time while the caree still resides at home.  The dementia diagnosis not only impacts the person with dementia, but also their caregiver.  Thus, the caregiver needs their own supports as they travel the ever-changing journey with their carees.  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 experience as a social worker to present to you the enhanced services of Alongside Caregiver Consulting.  Through this private practice 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 and referrals
  • Helping to prioritize your needs
  • Experienced facilitator for family care conferences
  • Excellent listener