Cheryl Ginnings Coach, Speaker, Consultant, Cheryl Ginnings Consultant/Coach | Lawton, Oklahoma   Contact Me


Married 53 years to a minister and three children, five grandchildren. I speak about the things that are common to others, but give hope to people facing challenges of caring for others. I was a Realtor many years, but found I love helping families learn to care and cope with issues. I am a Certified Life Coach. I have been in 10 books & my owns on Amazon: IT TAKES COURAGE TO BE A CAREGIVER. I coach 1:1 or groups and speak at various groups and organizations. Love to help Health care workers and caregiving groups by sharing tips to prevent Burnout.


Having faced challenges of caring for a son with special needs, I encourage parents to believe in themselves. It takes boldness to get the necessary schooling and therapies. Parents need to learn how to navigate the maze of information and find the latest on research for issues that affect your own family. Seek support to learn how others have gone through the problems you now face. Find out how they got equipment, therapy or a doctor who knows and understands your specific needs. If you are caring for someone, you have to learn to care for yourself first. Having faced almost every problem others can face (job loss, little finances, struggles in relationships, etc) I help couples know that is normal and working together is much easier than divorce. I try to inspire others to keep on being committed to one another and their family members. It can be done. When you are ready to retire, find a way to be of service and do something more with your life you always wanted to do! Repurpose your life and enjoy the time you can mentor others and have a great influence in the lives of grandchildren.


What do these three things have in common? A Caregiver!! Caring for others requires a lot of courage. Hope is what we offer others when they see our example of caring for family members. It takes some humor to get through the day! Don't forget to laugh about things that are fun, never at someone, but with them! Caregivers are stronger than they think they are. They do not feel courageous, but they are,. It is important to see others fulfilling that role, and learning the lessons they have learned.

Few of us want to be responsible for our parents, but life often throws us the need to care for parents. What is it like to be the parent of a parent? How can we help our parents not feel helpless, but respect them for caring for us. Some tips about Hard talks we have to have with them, and finding solutions that are acceptable for our parents & our children. The Sandwich Generation is often caring for both their parents and their children or grandchildren. How can we manage it all?

One of the biggest challenges for direct care, and caregivers, is burnout! People can feel alone and not heard when they need help. Being ignored by those who could provide help can cause those who are caring for others to feel they just cannot go on. Burnout can be displayed by depression, unhappiness, bad health, little to no sleep, anger, short temper, and possibly abuse of patients by direct care. Those who are caring for others are rarely paid well, and if they had the opportunity to earn more money, they will often change jobs. That is obvious by the high overturn by direct care that is supposed to be 91% by some estimations. When companies notice a lot of unhappiness with direct care, it will be very helpful to have discussions about changes that might help relieve the pressure that might be building within the employees. Sometimes, the problems of not being heard and feeling overwhelmed can lead to abuse of patients, which is harmful to patients, open lawsuits, and unhappy employees. Burnout is a serious problem that needs attention. Those who are feeling too much stress and overwhelm will have emotional, physical and spiritual problems. With attention to these signs, the direct care might need to change shifts, switch loads with others, or find out what they are best at doing. They may just need to be heard, find out if job expectations are clear, or there may need to be adjustments to help with work and family imbalance. Staff needs to keep aware of tensions and staff issues to keep emotions down.




I am a voice for those who have no voice and try to support those who are caregivers of those with special needs or of parents with Alzheimer's or Dementia. It is a difficult stage of life when families get the news that a parent or child needs to be cared for the rest of their lives. It often requires a person to quit a job they love or need to be home. It is a lonely job and caregivers are not understood. I want to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those who need their help. We need to bring awareness of their special issues.

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Magazine: WOMEN OF DISTINCTION, Jan. 2016 three page spread and back cover. Lots of media attention with several press releases. 133 podcasts are on iHeart, iTunes, under the title of "Courage 2 Overcome" with interviews of caregivers of all kinds. The sponsors can be mentioned on Podcasts, in handouts, mentioned in blogs, on websites, and from speaking.

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My podcasts address issues like Autism, Cerebral Palsy, caring for parents with Alzheimer's or Dementia, or wounded warriors or PTSD. It is an informative platform on /courage-2-overcome. I write books, articles, blogs, speak, teach, coach and consult to help face issues that we are all facing now and in the future with caring for others. My goal is to raise awareness of issues facing caregivers and help future generations prepare for those situations they do not realize will be presenting them. Most caregiving is sudden, critical, a crisis or at unplanned. Let's turn that around and help prevent early deaths or burnout from caregivers.

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