Meet Your Care Coaches

Meet Your Care Coaches

Building an elderly care plan with your virtual coach

Donna Farley Forrest, RN, CHPN, CCM, CDP

Hello, I’m Donna Farley Forrest, the CEO of Life Changes Care™ and creator of Virtual Care Coach. I bring over 30 years of nursing experience combined with care management and business experience. When you work with me you gain immediate access to the knowledge and expertise it’s taken me decades to gather. I value building positive collaborative relationships with everyone I connect with through my business. I step into your world and working together, we create the best solutions to your most challenging concerns. My recommendations are based on your strengths as a caregiver and the desires of your loved one receiving care. This practical approach brings a higher quality of life for both of you. I combine my clinical experience with compassion, warmth, and a gentle sense of humor to make transitions and changes easier. I’m also known as “the voice of reason” in stressful situations and can patiently explain difficult circumstances to others. My goal is to empower my clients in making informed practical decisions and provide peace of mind in the process, resulting in improved quality of life, and more favorable care outcomes.

It’s important you know more about both my professional and personal backgrounds to give you a sense of how Life Changes Care came to be.  

  • My experience in our complicated healthcare system is both broad and deep, and inspired my creation of Life Changes Care, a private Aging Life Care Management® practice. I recognized the opportunity to serve clients in uniquely personalized ways by combining my lifetimes of professional and personal experiences. I am a certified member of the Aging Life Care Association® at the Advanced Professional Level. We are the experts in aging well.
  • A core passion of mine is excellent care for individuals with serious and complex health conditions and those at the end-of-life. As a Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse (CHPN), I’ve served as the clinical manager of an in-patient hospice unit and as a staff hospice nurse in many settings. This naturally resulted in my commitment to advance care planning initiatives both locally and at the state level. Facilitating life-changing conversations between the care receiver, their loved ones, and their health and personal care providers bring deep satisfaction to me personally. This ensures that the individual’s desires for care are heard and respected through the use of advance directives.
  • As a director of health services in assisted living and memory care I refined my care management skills. The art of care coordination brought my residents, their family members, facility care providers, and healthcare providers together and moving forward in a shared direction.
  • Another passion is respectful and compassionate care for individuals with dementia. Currently, I am a Certified Dementia Practitioner® with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. I’ve been a dementia practitioner for many years across numerous settings including skilled nursing facilities, physician’s offices, home care, and facilitator of Alzheimer’s support groups. This is why I’m both a member and strong supporter of my local Dementia Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado consortium.
  • My finely developed skills for a virtual telephonic connection to my clients came from my years as a Nurse Case Manager and Utilization Management Nurse in the Worker’s Comp insurance industry. Building respectful and productive relationships with claimants, their employers, and their healthcare providers all happened without ever meeting in -person. A remote connection to those utilizing my services was born here. I am a Board-Certified Case Manager (CCM) with the Commission for Case Manager Certification.
  • It might sound like I’ve been an RN forever and a day, and yes, I guess I have. I hold active nursing licenses in my home state of Colorado, as well as California and Oregon.

My personal world:

  • I’ve walked in your shoes as both an in-person and long-distance caregiver for family members. I’ve personally experienced and understand the challenges and choices families face every day. I was the medical decision-maker for both my parents at the end-of-life.
  • I was raised on a dryland wheat farm and cattle ranch in rural Colorado and understand first-hand the lack of personal and healthcare services in many parts of the nation.
  • I love nature and find solutions to just about every challenge when I’m out enjoying nature through photography, walking, interacting with critters of all kinds, or seeing fresh snow on a 14,000-foot peak of the Rocky Mountains!
  • I’m a mother, a grandmother, an extended family member, and enjoy time spent with family and friends from many walks of life.

Donna Farley Forrest, RN, CHPN, CCM, CDP

Building an elderly care plan with your virtual coach

Hello, I’m Donna Farley Forrest, the CEO of Life Changes Care™ and creator of Virtual Care Coach. I bring over 30 years of nursing experience combined with care management and business experience. When you work with me you gain immediate access to the knowledge and expertise it’s taken me decades to gather. I value building positive collaborative relationships with everyone I connect with through my business. I step into your world and working together, we create the best solutions to your most challenging concerns. My recommendations are based on your strengths as a caregiver and the desires of your loved one receiving care. This practical approach brings a higher quality of life for both of you. I combine my clinical experience with compassion, warmth, and a gentle sense of humor to make transitions and changes easier. I’m also known as “the voice of reason” in stressful situations and can patiently explain difficult circumstances to others. My goal is to empower my clients in making informed practical decisions and provide peace of mind in the process, resulting in improved quality of life, and more favorable care outcomes.

It’s important you know more about both my professional and personal backgrounds to give you a sense of how Life Changes Care came to be.  

  • My experience in our complicated healthcare system is both broad and deep and inspired my creation of Life Changes Care, a private Aging Life Care Management® practice. I recognized the opportunity to serve clients in uniquely personalized ways by combining my lifetimes of professional and personal experiences. I am a certified member of the Aging Life Care Association® at the Advanced Professional Level. We are the experts in aging well.
  • A core passion of mine is excellent care for individuals with serious and complex health conditions and those at the end-of-life. As a Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse (CHPN), I’ve served as the clinical manager of an in-patient hospice unit and as a staff hospice nurse in many settings. This naturally resulted in my commitment to advance care planning initiatives both locally and at the state level. Facilitating life-changing conversations between the care receiver, their loved ones, and their health and personal care providers bring deep satisfaction to me personally. This ensures that the individual’s desires for care are heard and respected through the use of advance directives.
  • As a director of health services in assisted living and memory care I refined my care management skills. The art of care coordination brought my residents, their family members, facility care providers, and healthcare providers together and moving forward in a shared direction.
  • Another passion is respectful and compassionate care for individuals with dementia. Currently, I am a Certified Dementia Practitioner® with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and I’ve been a dementia practitioner for many years across numerous settings including skilled nursing facilities, physician’s offices, home care, and facilitator of Alzheimer’s support groups. This is why I’m both a member and strong supporter of my local Dementia Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado consortium.
  • My finely developed skills for a virtual telephonic connection to my clients came from my years as a Nurse Case Manager and Utilization Management Nurse in the Worker’s Comp insurance industry. Building respectful and productive relationships with claimants, their employers, and their healthcare providers all happened without ever meeting in -person. A remote connection to those utilizing my services was born here. I am a Board-Certified Case Manager (CCM) with the Commission for Case Manager Certification.
  • It might sound like I’ve been an RN forever and a day, and yes, I guess I have. I hold active nursing licenses in my home state of Colorado, as well as California and Oregon.

My personal world:

  • I’ve walked in your shoes as both an in-person and long-distance caregiver for family members. I’ve personally experienced and understand the challenges and choices families face every day. I was the medical decision-maker for both my parents at the end-of-life.
  • I was raised on a dryland wheat farm and cattle ranch in rural Colorado and understand first-hand the lack of personal and healthcare services in many parts of the nation.
  • I love nature and find solutions to just about every challenge when I’m out enjoying nature through photography, walking, interacting with critters of all kinds, or seeing fresh snow on a 14,000-foot peak of the Rocky Mountains!
  • I’m a mother, a grandmother, an extended family member, and enjoy time spent with family and friends from many walks of life.
Building an elderly care plan with your virtual coach

Ali Pethe Sterling, LSW

Hi, I’m Ali Pethe, and I am a Licensed Social Worker and Aging Life Care Manager® at Life Changes Care™. I have over five years of experience working in many systems that serve older adults. My experiences working in nursing facilities, non-profit, and hospital environments make me an excellent coach and planner for older adults and their families. When you work with me, you get a compassionate and non-judging ear, and access to the experiences and knowledge I have gathered throughout my career.

As an Aging Life Care Manager® I have enjoyed supporting families in setting up the highest quality and most fulfilling life possible for their aging family members. Healthcare trends are shifting the responsibility of patient care and follow up back on the patient and their family. I have witnessed many patients falling through the cracks of the multitude of systems they have to navigate, and many loved ones left frustrated by the deep desire to help without a clue of where to start. I love using my knowledge and expertise to partner with caregivers and collaboratively create a plan of action to meet the unique needs of your caregiving situation. I value individuality and believe that you are the expert of your experience. I do not believe there is one best way to care for a person as they age. I find joy in understanding what is important to you and strive to provide guidance to meet your personal goals for your life and the life of the person you are caring for. By sharing my knowledge, I hope to empower you to navigate the systems and ease the experience of caregiving.

Right now, we are in a time of great growth in the aging services industry. There are thousands of programs available to help you and your care receiver as you take on the task of caregiving. I am a life-long learner, and love connecting you to resources that apply specifically to your situation. When you allow me to help, I give you greater opportunities to spend your precious time caring for yourself and finding joy. Let me sift through the masses of information available to find the bits that meet your needs.

While I enjoy learning about all aspects of aging, there are a few areas in which I am particularly skilled and interested in.

  • Dementia Practitioner: I first experienced dementia while working as a Social Services Representative at a Skilled Nursing Facility. I was lucky to be part of a team that valued the individuality of our residents and strived to connect staff with the residents through their lifelong interests and values. It was in this job that all of my pre-conceived notions about the disease were shattered. I have since spent significant time reading, attending training and conferences, and working with direct care providers and families to learn how to care for those of us living with dementia in a way that maintains their personhood and dignity.
  • End of Life Care and Planning: I believe dying is one of the two most significant experiences we have as humans (being born is the other). The opportunity to support families as they help their loved one die well is one of the greatest experiences I have had. I have significant experience working with, and connecting families to, Hospice and Palliative care teams to ease the transition from this life. I have also spent a significant amount of time assisting people to plan for their end-of-life care by outlining their wishes in Advance Care Plans. I believe completing the documents to clearly state these wishes is one of the greatest gifts we can give our loved ones.
  • Simplifying Complicated Situations: One of my greatest skills is sifting through the details of complicated situations to pinpoint and prioritize the issues that need to be addressed, and develop individualized action plans to address these.
  • Communication: Having difficult conversations is a large part of supporting a person through the transitions of aging. These conversations are often made more difficult by the complicated relationships many of us have with our family members. Through my professional and personal experiences, I have developed many skills and tools to aid in having difficult conversations, and look forward to providing tips and tricks to ensure these difficult conversations happen as easily as possible for you.

 

My personal world:

  • I am currently a support person to many caregivers in my personal life who are navigating the experience of aging for the first time. While I have never personally walked in your shoes, I have shared in many amazing, difficult, and complicated experiences related to caregiving for family members.
  • I am a creative soul and love spending my free time turning my life experiences into art through calligraphy and lettering. I also love drawing, painting (although I am a novice) and playing the piano.
  • Growing up in Colorado, I feel very connected to the mountains. I am awed by the natural beauty surrounding me every day and find peace in the many sunrises and sunsets I witness from my third story apartment (I also get a lot of exercise living on the top level!).

Ali Pethe Sterling, LSW

Building an elderly care plan with your virtual coach

Hi, I’m Ali Pethe, and I am a Licensed Social Worker and Aging Life Care Manager® at Life Changes Care™. I have over five years of experience working in many systems that serve older adults. My experiences working in nursing facilities, non-profit, and hospital environments make me an excellent coach and planner for older adults and their families. When you work with me, you get a compassionate and non-judging ear, and access to the experiences and knowledge I have gathered throughout my career.

As an Aging Life Care Manager® I have enjoyed supporting families in setting up the highest quality and most fulfilling life possible for their aging family members. Healthcare trends are shifting the responsibility of patient care and follow up back on the patient and their family. I have witnessed many patients falling through the cracks of the multitude of systems they have to navigate, and many loved ones left frustrated by the deep desire to help without a clue of where to start. I love using my knowledge and expertise to partner with caregivers and collaboratively create a plan of action to meet the unique needs of your caregiving situation. I value individuality and believe that you are the expert of your experience. I do not believe there is one best way to care for a person as they age. I find joy in understanding what is important to you and strive to provide guidance to meet your personal goals for your life and the life of the person you are caring for. By sharing my knowledge, I hope to empower you to navigate the systems and ease the experience of caregiving.

Right now, we are in a time of great growth in the aging services industry. There are thousands of programs available to help you and your care receiver as you take on the task of caregiving. I am a life-long learner, and love connecting you to resources that apply specifically to your situation. When you allow me to help, I give you greater opportunities to spend your precious time caring for yourself and finding joy. Let me sift through the masses of information available to find the bits that meet your needs.

While I enjoy learning about all aspects of aging, there are a few areas in which I am particularly skilled and interested in.

  • Dementia Practitioner: I first experienced dementia while working as a Social Services Representative at a Skilled Nursing Facility. I was lucky to be part of a team that valued the individuality of our residents and strived to connect staff with the residents through their lifelong interests and values. It was in this job that all of my pre-conceived notions about the disease were shattered. I have since spent significant time reading, attending training and conferences, and working with direct care providers and families to learn how to care for those of us living with dementia in a way that maintains their personhood and dignity.
  • End of Life Care and Planning: I believe dying is one of the two most significant experiences we have as humans (being born is the other). The opportunity to support families as they help their loved one die well is one of the greatest experiences I have had. I have significant experience working with, and connecting families to, Hospice and Palliative care teams to ease the transition from this life. I have also spent a significant amount of time assisting people to plan for their end-of-life care by outlining their wishes in Advance Care Plans. I believe completing the documents to clearly state these wishes is one of the greatest gifts we can give our loved ones.
  • Simplifying Complicated Situations: One of my greatest skills is sifting through the details of complicated situations to pinpoint and prioritize the issues that need to be addressed, and develop individualized action plans to address these.
  • Communication: Having difficult conversations is a large part of supporting a person through the transitions of aging. These conversations are often made more difficult by the complicated relationships many of us have with our family members. Through my professional and personal experiences, I have developed many skills and tools to aid in having difficult conversations, and look forward to providing tips and tricks to ensure these difficult conversations happen as easily as possible for you.

 

My personal world:

  • I am currently a support person to many caregivers in my personal life who are navigating the experience of aging for the first time. While I have never personally walked in your shoes, I have shared in many amazing, difficult, and complicated experiences related to caregiving for family members.
  • I am a creative soul and love spending my free time turning my life experiences into art through calligraphy and lettering. I also love drawing, painting (although I am a novice) and playing the piano.
  • Growing up in Colorado, I feel very connected to the mountains. I am awed by the natural beauty surrounding me every day and find peace in the many sunrises and sunsets I witness from my third story apartment (I also get a lot of exercise living on the top level!).

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