Senior Care in New Milford, CT - February is Relationship Wellness Month!
Building relationships takes time. It also generally requires a concerted effort on one or more of the invested parties. When you’re talking about senior care, the relationship that the elderly individual develops with their caregiver, be it a family member or paid professional, can determine the long-term impact of that care.
Building strong, positive relationships can easily be done, but only when both individuals want that. Below are three steps anyone can take to help strengthen senior care relationships.
1. Reach a common consensus regarding short and long-term goals.
If the two or more individuals are not unified in their approach to the senior care services that are required or relied upon, it’s going to create tension at some point in time. The caregiver should sit down with their elderly loved one to discuss his or her short and long-term goals. Just because this elderly individual requires care at home doesn’t mean he or she has to sit around and wait for each day to end.
There are many things seniors can do, even when they require assistance at home. The caregiver may need the senior to accept certain limitations, but when they sit down and talk about these short and long-term goals, they should reach a consensus and agreement about what to focus on and which is more important.
2. Communicate effectively.
There are numerous forms of communication, including verbal and nonverbal. Body language, volume, tone, eye contact, and much more are all tools that can be used to communicate as effectively as possible.
Some people may have certain limitations with regard to physical capabilities, such as an individual who has hearing loss or vision impairment. If that’s the case, the caregiver needs to compensate and ensure that the messages and things they are stating or communicating are being interpreted properly.
Being consistent as a family caregiver is a very important aspect of care for an elderly loved one. Having a routine of visiting at the same time on the same day (s) every week allows the senior to plan ahead, look forward to the visit, be prepared for a visitor, etc. Consistency breeds comfort for many seniors, and changing the routine can create anxiety, stress, anger and other negative emotions better to be avoided by seniors in a delicate physical or emotional state.
How important are relationships when it comes to senior care?
The goal is to provide the highest quality of care and support to the elderly patient and in order to do that, trust and understanding are essential. Taking these three steps will help to improve those relationships. February is Relationship Wellness Month and we can learn a lot by taking these three steps in any relationship we have.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in New Milford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2560.