Caregivers have the important role of helping people with a multitude of tasks. Being able to communicate well with each person to whom you provide care is critical for ensuring that they get the care that they need. Here are a few tips help you overcome communication obstacles:
-Patience. Depending on the people for whom you are providing care, you may need to be a really patient person. They may talk more slowly, move more slowly, or even be somewhat opposed to you being there in the first place. Just demonstrate that you are a caring and patient person, and there is a good chance things will go well.
-Listening. This is one of the most important communication skills anyone can have. Ask them questions, listen for their answers, and pay attention to what they say their needs are. Sometimes it isn’t even about what they need; they may just want to know that someone is listening to them, so be an active listener.
-Effective talking. When it comes to talking, take the time to explain things, and remain calm. Don’t assume, if they are older, that you need to yell for them to hear. Their hearing may be just fine. You may, however, need to speak a little more slowly, or take the time to explain something a little more fully.
-Body language. Whether you are talking or listening, it is important to pay attention to body language. This lets the other person know that, as a caregiver, you are paying attention, are interested in them, and are actively engaged in what is going on around you.
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.