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Top Ways To Communicate with a Senior Loved One Who Has Hearing Loss

Does your senior in home care struggle with hearing loss? If that’s the case, then we know this may be a frustrating time for the both of you, and it may be difficult to communicate effectively. However, we have some advice listed for you below so you can begin easily facilitating conversations with your senior as best as possible.

Get Their Attention First

Start by trying to get your senior’s attention (politely!) before you begin having a conversation. A few simple moves you can try are stepping in front of them, so they take notice of you, waving your hands calmly in their line of sight or gently tapping them on their shoulder.

Keep Noise Levels to a Minimum

Eliminate as much background noise as you can. This will make it easier to talk with your senior! Common background noise you can block out include television, music and other people’s conversations. When heading out in public with your senior, it is best to choose a calm, quiet location with a low amount of distractions.

Take Turns Speaking

When you have a group together to spend time with your senior, tell them ahead of time to take turns while speaking. If they don’t, group conversations where multiple people are speaking at the same time can be confusing and frustrating for your senior. The group can also avoid any side conversations that might confuse your senior.

Talk Loudly, Slowly and Clearly

In conversations with your senior, we recommend practicing your enunciation. Try and enunciate your words as best as you can and talk slowly so your senior can keep up with what you’re saying. Talking at a louder volume is also ideal for your senior suffering from hearing loss.

Repeat and Rephrase

If at first your senior doesn’t comprehend what you said, don’t get frustrated. Just repeat yourself. When you do, try using the same words and phrasing as you did the first time. If they still are not understanding what you’re trying to convey, then rephrase of simplify your question or statement.

Keep in mind that while this may be difficult for you, it is difficult for your senior, too. Be as patient with them as possible and listen to them to have easier conversations. If you would like further advice on communicating with your senior, or you would like more information on home care services, call Home Care Assistance to set up your consultation.

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Here are 3 Reasons Why 2020 is the Best Year to Start Working in Home Care

Thinking about making a career as a caregiver in senior home care? 

A senior caregiver is an individual who will work directly with the elderly in need of assistance with the daily activities of living. Some of these items may include help with bathing and grooming, meal preparation, transportation, light housekeeping and providing companionship. 

With this being said, a career as a senior caregiver is not for everyone! If you have a passion and want to make a difference in the life of a senior and their family, well then it might just be the right fit for you. Here at Home Care Assistance, we’re giving you three compelling reasons below for you to get on the path to working in home care in 2020. 

So, let’s get started!

You’re an individual.

Okay, it’s true: To become a caregiver, you will need to go through the same training and requirements as everyone else becoming a caregiver. But, once you actually are a caregiver, your individuality will shine! 

Your own personality and traits are what will help to make a senior home care experience one that is positive and memorable. Each caregiver has something unique to bring to the table. What will yours be?

You make a difference.

When you’re a caregiver, you don’t just simply enter a client’s home. You enter their whole life. As someone who must be kind and caring, this is a setting where you will thrive! Possessing a compassionate spirit is necessary, since this can be a difficult time for the senior and their family. A caregiver will break down barriers in the senior’s home, learn their hobbies and interests and provide an all-around support system for everyone. You will begin to relate positively with the family, and that just means you’re going to make a great impact on their lives.

You’re a hero.

We’ll say it again — being a caregiver is not for everyone. Life in home care is often demanding and requires much labor and tons of love. But let us tell you, it is so worth it. That’s because as a caregiver, you come to a family’s rescue. You are a true hero in the eyes of the senior. You work to provide them all the love and compassion they need — even when they are unable to give it to themselves. 

If you would like to learn more about becoming a caregiver, we would love to talk with you! Call Home Care Assistance today and begin your journey to home care in 2020.