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.