About Christopher MacLellan
I specialize in Group Cruises and Tours. As a Certified Accessible Travel Advocate.
I can book all your travel plans! Ask me how you can have anything from oxygen to a hoyer lift delivered to your cruise ship stateroom or hotel around the world!
The Bow Tie Guy!
Christopher MacLellan is affectionately known as "The Bow Tie Guy" in many caregiving circles. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Chris has five siblings, 24 nieces and nephews and over 40 great nieces and nephews.
Faced with his partner’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer in 2011, Chris started a caregiving blog entitled, “The Purple Jacket” and is an ardent advocate for caregivers and their care-partners through his blog “The Purple Jacket” and “Healing Ties™” podcast.
With an educational and professional background in Social Work and Theology, Chris’ Masters Degree thesis entitled, “Spiral of Silence: Caregiving, Stress and its Impact in the Workplace” was accepted by the faculty at Gonzaga University where Chris earned a Master's degree in Leadership and Communication in 2016. As a former family caregiver, Chris now views the issues family caregivers and their employers face through the lens of Communication and Leadership.
Chris' passion centers around advocacy, sharing stories and connecting people to trusted resources. Chris is proponent of a holistic approach to good health and spirituality. Down to earth and pragmatic, Chris works within a consensus style framework, while building bridges instead of roadblocks.
Chris presents frequently on topics that impact family caregivers, their employers and founded the Whole Care network in 2016. Contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability to present in your area.
Five Things you might not know about me…
· Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)
· Certified Senior Home Safety Specialist
· Certified Dementia Communication Specialist (CDCS-Pending)
· Certified Beyond Driving Educator
· Certified Special Needs At Sea Advocate
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