[Get Connected] teaches the caregiver, who knows nothing, how to be aware and most importantly how to communicate. This gives the caregiver satisfaction in knowing what to do.J.H.
Taking care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease can be very challenging. It not only involves understanding the dynamics of the disease process, but also involves the need to adjust behaviors of caretakers to suit the needs of Alzheimer’s patients. The emphasis of good communication, verbal and non-verbal, is vitally important. Ms. Kohler has taken the complexity of caring for Alzheimer’s patients and broken it down to simple, flexible strategies to improve the care of these patients. It certainly will improve the lives of the patients as well as the lives of the caretakers.R.L.
Effective communication between a loved one with dementia and their spouse, adult child or relative, clearly reduces the burden of care and extends the quality of life for the person and those in their circle of support. This [program] offers ways to facilitate communication with positive solutions, creative ideas, and sensible strategies that we all must learn to build a healthy foundation of care.A.M.
The topic was covered from patient, family member and caregiver perspectives which provided me with a greater ability to understand and interact with people with dementia. I also now have a better understanding of the disease itself.S.K.
Susan is a real pro who uses multi-media to get her concepts across
I think these skills go beyond the dementia case to other day to day interactions with colleagues, family and friends.
(the training was) Very practical and informative. These are communication skills that can be used outside VITAS as well. I saw my patient yesterday and made sure we were ‘face to face’ when having a conversation as we forget sometimes. Great use of time! Thanks.B.V.
The information was sufficient for me to confidently incorporate new techniques into the care of demented patients. Good balance of didactic, video and experiential teaching methods
Very effective, accessible, empowering and enthusiastic.
Thank you for the chance to attend this great workshop. It has already improved my skills and understanding!
I can’t imagine how another individual could have presented this topic any better or interacted with the attendees in a more effective manner…S.K.
Susan – I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your wonderful presentation yesterday at our Alzheimer’s café. YOU WERE AWESOME!!!!…attendees came up to me afterward to tell me how helpful your suggestions/tips were and let me know you have been the best presenter thus far. I AGREE.L.K.
I felt compelled to reach out to you because I mentioned the impact you’ve made in the professional goals. I was completely blown away by Susan Kohler, a speech language pathologist who trains others and specializes in the dementia and Alzheimer’s population. The impact she made to her clients, caretakers, and families truly inspired and transcended me to potentially do the same.C.C.
Hello Ms. Kohler!
I had the opportunity to hear your seminar about communication techniques with dementia sufferers…It was very inspiring and these strategies have been endlessly helpful, professionally and personally! I’m now volunteering as an Ombudsman at a couple assisted living facilities in Orange County.
After taking the training, I have made a commitment to make an ‘emotional connection’ with someone I see each and every day.N.R.
Hi Dr. Levy-Storms and Ms. Kohler,
…on behalf of my group, and our entire class, to thank you for a very informative and engaging lecture. We sincerely enjoyed having you.
…it resonates with my heart and beliefs 100%! What a fantastic program you’ve created. Getting people to practice communicating from a place of love and respect. Wow!