Caregiving Quick Tip #2

Communicate effectively!

Communication influences the care-recipient’s perception of the caregiver, thus determining the success of their caregiving journey. Depending on the health and mental status of the care-recipient, communication can be verbal, nonverbal, written, or visual. Often, it’s not what is said, but how the caregiver conveys the message. Tone, hand gestures, and facial expressions all contribute to the care-recipient’s reaction to a question or opinion. Avoid awkward moments and stressful confrontations by practicing effective caregiver communication techniques.

  • Stay collected and composed in stressful situations. A care-recipient can sense stress through tone and facial expressions. As a result, the patient will become uneasy or anxious.
  • Ask one concise question. Avoid multiple questions.
  • Be precise and ask simple yes or no questions. Avoid lengthy, complicated questions.
  • Allow the care-recipient to answer the question. BE PATIENT! Don’t hurry the response or seem agitated by a delayed answer.
  • Avoid being argumentative with the care-recipient. If the conversation is leading to an argument, drop the conversation and explore a new subject. Arguing fuels anxiety in an already stressful environment.

Caregivers must effectively communicate with family, friends, and doctors. They are often the only advocates for care-recipients.

  • When confronting family and friends about caregiving concerns, be confident in your knowledge, but avoid being arrogant.
  • Discuss your concerns, but open your mind to suggestions. Sometimes another’s opinion or idea can simplify a common task or chore.
  • Talk, but also be willing to listen. Accept sound knowledge on core concepts.
  • When attending doctors appointments, voice any health-related concerns. Make a list of questions prior to the visit and seek satisfactory answers. View a medical appointment as an opportunistic time for discussions involving the care-recipient or available caregiver support programs.

Preparedness and awareness are essential fundamentals of effective communication. A calm, kind composure allows for greater trust from the care-recipient. Open-mindedness creates secure relationships with family and friends. A concerned, but interested demeanor, is appreciated by medical professionals. Create more stability and make caregiving more enjoyable by practicing effective communication skills. Thank you for reading! Please share!


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