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Effective communication is key in any caregiving relationship, and can help you (as a family caregiver) better understand and meet the needs of your aging parent or loved one. However, if you have an aging parent or loved one living with Parkinson’s, the need for effective communication is of even more importance.
Although Parkinson’s is a movement disorder, it also causes mild cognitive impairment which can make it difficult for your loved one to effectively communicate in the mid and late-stages of the disease. Seniors with Parkinson’s will have a harder time managing complex tasks, processing information and understanding complex sentences. It is also common for seniors with Parkinson’s to speak at a very low decibel, and their speech patterns may change, speaking much more slowly or with a stutter.
If you provide home care for an aging parent or loved one with Parkinson’s, it is important to find the right communication strategies to help overcome any barriers to effective communication. Along with having patience, check out the following tips for how to enhance communication with a loved one with Parkinson’s:
Learning how to work together with your loved one can help to improve the flow of communication and can ensure that his or her needs are met. To learn more about caring for a senior loved one with Parkinson’s, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Redondo Beach. We are a trusted Redondo Beach Parkinson’s care provider, with highly trained Parkinson’s caregivers who are available for both hourly and live-in care. Call us at 310-504-0506 to request a complementary, no-obligation consultation today!