It’s no easy task to communicate with a senior in home care who suffers from hearing loss. We know it can often be a trying time for both you and your senior. That’s why we want to help you talk with your senior as effectively as possible. Browse through our advice below to begin easily prompting the conversations.
Get Their Attention First
You’ll find it is easier to start a conversation with your senior when you get their attention first instead of just talking right away. To grab their focus, you can politely try waving your hands calmly in their line of sight, stepping in front of them so they can see you or gently tapping them on the shoulder.
Keep Noise Levels to a Minimum
Your senior will be able to concentrate and understand you better if you can eliminate background noise. This includes music, television and other conversations. If you plan to go out in public with your senior, try choosing a location with few distractions that is quiet and less crowded.
Take Turns Speaking
During group gatherings with your senior, it is helpful if each person works on taking turns to speak. When multiple people are talking at the same time, your senior may get confused or frustrated because it can be harder to understand what is being said. In a group setting, side conversations should also be avoided when within your senior’s vicinity.
Talk Loudly, Slowly and Clearly
When you’re speaking to your senior loved one, it might be a good time to test out some new methods. Make sure you’re enunciating your words as much as possible, and try to talk slowly. This way, your senior won’t fall behind in the conversation. Since your senior has difficulty hearing, speak at a louder volume than normal to be effective.
Repeat and Rephrase
If your senior doesn’t understand something you said the first time around, be patient. We suggest that you go ahead and just repeat yourself. As you do, try to use the same words and phrasing as you did the first time. If your senior still isn’t comprehending what you’re trying to relay, work on rephrasing or simplifying your question or statement.
Keep in mind that this can be a difficult time for not only you, but for your senior, too. Be patient and listen to them so you can have an easier conversation together. For more advice on communicating with your senior who has hearing loss or for information on home care services, please call Home Care Assistance to schedule your consultation today.