St Christopher’s is currently testing a new prototype, known as ‘Coach4Care,’ which aims to better support carers of people with a serious, life-limiting illness. Our aim is to roll this innovative approach out more widely, after testing has been completed.
This prototype was created by a designer working at the Innovation Unit, in partnsership with St Christopher’s, as part of a national programme called Better Endings. Designed with carers and professionals it offers an interesting and new approach to drawing on the experience and expertise of past carers to support those coping with the challenges of being a carer in the present.
Carers who achieve their ambition to care for someone at home and cope with the challenges of this role need to feel confident enough to be able to sustain their energy and remain resilient despite all that they face. Coach4Care aims to help carers by providing coaching which enables them to reflect on their situation and to take action to improve their wellbeing and the wellbeing of those they care for. Research undertaken to inform this prototype suggests that carers know their situation well and that they will learn best from reflecting on their own experience rather than being given advice. This approach gives them the best opportunity to come up with solutions that will work for them and helps unlock the answers that exist within.