Care coach can provide guidance along path to wellness

Tucson Medical Center

TMC Senior Services is ready to expand opportunities for health improvement through its Volunteer Care Coach program, offering a way for patients with chronic health issues to get some skilled support.

IMG_0416 Mirena Bissett, Sam Reid

The program was highlighted in a KGUN-9 news feature called TMC ’Care Coach’ program helps people succeed on Oct. 27, following participant Sam Reid and his volunteer coach Mirena Bissett as they find the best path to better health. Reid had been offered the chance to participate as part of his discharge planning from a hospital stay at Tucson Medical Center, and he was glad to get the free help toward identifying and meeting his objectives.

The volunteer coaches are trained in Active Listening and Motivational Interviewing, so they can use those skills to encourage individuals to meet their personal health goals. The patient and the volunteer coach meet one-on-one over a period of time…

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