A coach provides support and guidance to help you make the healthy
changes you want to work on such as managing your health condition(s)
and its complications, finding helpful community resources and taking
action to live a healthy life. Their expertise stems from their shared
experience with chronic conditions.
Coaches complete a three-day training workshop where they learn
self-management support and communication skills. Specifically, they
learn how to teach others how to problem solve, make action plans and to
make difficult decisions. Most coaches will already be familiar with
self-management strategies through the community self-management
programs. During the 3 month period coaches receive ongoing education,
assistance and support from the Program Coordinator.
Self-management Health Coaches are not health professionals, but they
have been trained to help you in the day to day management of your
health condition. Your coach will have a similar chronic health
condition or have family members or friends who do. Therefore, they have
firsthand knowledge of the challenges that you may be facing. Your
coach can help explain your options and the best ways of working with
your health care team.
No, health coaching is free and available to residents of Ontario.
You will be contacted within three days by a member of our team to
discuss health coaching further and ensure it is a good fit. Depending
on your and our coaches’ availability, you will then be paired with a
coach and start sessions as soon as possible.
If you would like to register for a health coaching click here or call 1-844-301-6389 for more information.