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How to be a Better Listener: 3 Conversation Tips with the Elderly

How to be a Better Listener: 3 Conversation Tips with the Elderly

Communication even between two people speaking the same language and in both good hearing and speaking condition can be challenging. How much more difficult would it be to talk to the elderly who have hearing and speaking impairments and who grew up in a totally different world than yours? Part of providing excellent Home Care Services in Katy Texas is being an effective communicator. While providing assistance in bathing, feeding, dressing, walking, and housekeeping, as a provider of Home Care in Katy Texas, it is crucial to have good exchanges between the care provider and care receiver. To successfully address the elderly individuals’ needs, Advance Help Home Care practice healthy listening and speaking skills especially in administering respite care where we are only taking over a primary caregiver for a day or two.

Listen to Understand, not just to Respond

One of the common mistakes people do, not just with old people but with everyone else, is that everyone is so eager to talk even during the time one should be listening. There is this so called active listening where someone just keeps on nodding and automatic responding with hmmms, ahhs, and really, since they are nearly acceptable responses to anything good or bad. While listening, one is already excited to give their piece of advice or their related experience. To be an effective communicator, especially in the world of home care, they should learn to really listen to what the person is saying instead of just thinking about the response the whole time.

Respect

Sometimes people often don’t give much weight to what an elderly individual says. Maybe an older person with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia is saying the same things over and over. Sometimes, they are saying words that do not add up. It is still critical to give thought and importance to what they are saying because it could be something that they are really concerned about or just something they do not know how to put into right words but is real. It would be much better and efficient if you listen to the complaints, suggestions, and other remarks the elderly says.

Show Interest

If you keep taking lightly what the elderly tell you, chances are they just would not tell you anything anymore. Keeping things from you or from everybody else is not just a matter of miscommunication but it could eventually lead to the elderly feeling hopeless and lonely. To spare them from helplessness and depression, always value what the older people have to say.

Give heed to what your senior loved one is telling you. Perhaps they want improvement in the care or they want you to take a break. Advance Help Home Care can help you with that through our Respite Care in Katy Texas.
 

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