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Caregiver Review: Assessing Your Communication Skills

If you have recently begun providing care for an elderly parent, you’ve likely prepared for a number of new changes from how to make the home safer to how to prepare nutritious meals. However, did you stop to think about communication? While you and your loved one have always been able to talk about a number of topics, the reversal in roles can often make communicate more difficult than expected. Although finding the right communication techniques will take time, any family member can greatly benefit from a communication assessment.

It can be hard, but try to sit down, relax and really ask yourself who you are as a communicator. Try and answer the big questions.

  • Have you ever taken care of a senior citizen before?
  • Do you understand the needs of the person you are going to care for?
  • Are you a patient person?
  • Can you be assertive?
  • Are you calm under pressure?
  • Can you take long strands of silence?
  • Will you step up to a challenge?
  • Can you be respectful while also being blunt with the truth?
  • Can you deal with stubbornness?
  • Are you able to be gentle while irritated?
  • Are you comfortable with assistance, which involves personal tasks?
  • Can you explain complicated processes?

As you assess yourself, be honest. When you are answering questions, really think about how you have handled conflict with your loved one in the past and how you envision handling situations in the future. Also, keep in mind that you and your loved one will be required to discuss topics that are likely going to be personal. From financial and legal matters to personal care needs and mobility assistance, you need to prepare to have tough conversations.

If you feel that you may be unable to effectively communicate with your loved one based on past experiences or your current skillset, consider getting help from an hourly or live-in caregiver in Redondo Beach. Caregivers can assist your loved one with daily activities and are also trained in how to communicate with seniors of all abilities, ensuring their comfort and safety at all times. Caregivers can also work closely with family members, providing support and advice on communication and other care responsibilities.

For more information about caring for a senior loved one or to find support services near you, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Redondo Beach. We are the South Bay’s trusted home care provider and we offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations. Call 310-504-0506 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.