"There are only four kinds of people in the world, Those who have been caregivers;
Those who are currently caregivers; Those who will be caregivers; And those who will need caregivers."
~ Rosalynn Carter
Care Coach Connection, LLC is owned and operated by Amy Brezinka. Amy received her Bachelors of Social Work with a concentration in Gerontology from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1992 and has 20+ years of experience in the field of social services and program development. During her career, Amy worked in Assisted Living, Memory Care and Long-Term Care settings in the Twin Cities area as a social worker and in therapeutic recreation departments. Amy managed the Section 8 Program and coordinated the Family Self Sufficiency Program for the Scott County CDA in Shakopee, MN.
Like so many of us, Amy has personal experience with caregiving. She is familiar with the difficulties of "long distance caregiving", researching resources online, communicating with siblings and helping her parents get connected to the appropriate services in Iowa. And as a parent to a tween, Amy also understands the stresses of being a "sandwich generation" caregiver and the on-going challenges of balancing work and family. In addition, while on the "receiving end" of care during her battle with cancer in 2006, Amy learned how difficult it can be to slow down and ask for help. She understands the feeling of being overwhelmed by medical appointments, information, and decision making. She knows the value of having the support and encouragement of family and friends, and the importance of learning from others who share a similar experience.
Amy has a passion for providing support and encouragement to caregivers and persons living with memory loss. In February 2013, she was hired by the La Crosse County Aging Unit to develop and coordinate the Caregiver Coach Program (a grant program funded by the Helen Bader Foundation). In this role, she worked one-to-one with care partners to help them better understand area resources and assist with connections to the appropriate services. During this time, Amy created a monthly program designed for persons living with memory loss and their care partner called the Lunch Bunch Memory Café. In 2016, she accepted a position with the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in La Crosse to Coordinator the Dementia Capable Crisis Response Grant. In this role, Amy developed and delivered dementia training to over 200 First Responders, Law Enforcement and Crisis Responder teams in La Crosse County. She completed Dementia Specialist Training through the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Wisconsin in 2015 and is a trained volunteer and support group facilitator through the Association. Amy is also a trained leader for "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" and "Smart Seniors" classes.
Amy resides in the Holmen, WI area and enjoys nature photography, hiking, running, reading and spending time with her family.