As we get older our behaviour often changes. As does our method of communication. This may be due to health reasons such as loss of hearing. Which can make it difficult to hold conversations. Our tips to communicate with an elderly person. Will help you keep the conversations going.
1. Your Volume
Keep your volume at a reasonable level. If your loved one finds it difficult to hear. You should speak louder than usual. You, however, do not need to shout! Speak clearly.
2. Sit Face to Face
When you sit face to face with your loved one and maintain eye contact. It will be easier for them to understand you. Plus you will show them that your conversation is important.
3. Keep it simple
You know your loved ones the most. If you know they struggle to understand in-depth conversations. It’s best to keep them simple. Speak in short clear sentences. If you are giving instructions. Give them one at a time.
4. Show patience and empathy
Showing patience and empathy is one of the most important things to ensure you have good communication with your loved one.
They may have a medical condition. Which means that they are not quick to respond as they would have previously. It is important that you give them time to express themselves.
There may be times that your loved one becomes forgetful. This could cause them to get frustrated. You should show them empathy by putting yourself in their shoes.
5. Involve them in decisions
It is important to include them in decisions. As they will feel left out if decisions are made without them. Especially if the decisions affect their lives. Sometimes families make care plans without discussing things with their loved ones. This can make them feel insignificant.
6. Ask if you for help if you don’t understand
If you are struggling to explain something to your loved ones. Or have difficulty understanding you should ask for help. From family members or professionals. If there is a medical reason for your loved one struggling with communicating. Then a diagnosis could mean that specialist support can be put in place.
7. Do things they enjoy together
It always brings people together doing things that your loved one enjoys together. If they like reading you could read their favourite books to them. Or play their favourite game together.
We hope that our tips have helped you communicate with your loved ones. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us