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Verbal Ways to Show Active Listening with Your Senior

Active listening can be one of the most important and effective skills you can have as a family caregiver. Through active listening you show your senior that you are engaged in what they are saying, care about them and their needs, and want to improve your efforts for them.

Elder Care Mauldin SC - Verbal Ways to Show Active Listening with Your Senior

Elder Care Mauldin SC – Verbal Ways to Show Active Listening with Your Senior

There are many non-verbals ways you can show active listening with your senior, but verbal cues are also extremely important to showing your connection to your parent and what they are saying.

This helps them feel validated and heard, which is important to mental and emotional health, and also encourages them to communicate openly and express themselves and their needs so you can address them effectively.

Some verbals ways you can show active listening with your senior include:

  • Occasionally use positive reinforcement throughout the conversation, such as “yes” or “I agree”. Do not use this too much as it will distract the conversation or make it seem like you are trying too hard.
  • Express that you are retaining details about what is being said to you. Occasionally repeating key points of the conversation lets your parent know you are putting the effort into retaining what they are saying to you. This shows that you think what they are saying is important and that you are going to strive to use the information. This is particularly important if they are expressing thoughts and wishes regarding their care and life as they age.
  • While you should give your senior plenty of time and space to talk and communicate, you shouldn’t just sit silently. This is uncomfortable and makes it seem like you are not really interested in what they are saying. Ask questions throughout the conversation to find out more information, encourage your parent to open up more, and show that you are actively interested in what is being expressed.
  • Occasionally clarify what has been said so you know you fully understand what has been said.

Elder care can be a fantastic way to help your parent live their highest quality of life as they age in place. As their family caregiver, your primary focus is to help your parent manage their health, safety, and personal needs while maintaining as much independence as possible throughout their later years.

Making an elder care services provider a part of those efforts diversifies your parent’s care, supports their well-being, and also helps you to experience less stress. This allows your parent to live the life that is right for them through services including companionship that stimulates their mind, reduces feelings of depression and isolation, and more.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elder Care Services in Mauldin SC, please contact the caring staff at Upstate Home Care Solutions today. Call (864) 527-0455.

James Bennett

James Bennett is a native of Taylors, SC. A graduate of Riverside High School, he attended Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Packing Science. Upon graduation, he commenced on a career path in food manufacturing with Nestle Frozen Foods (1999 – 2008) and Country Fresh, Inc. (2008 – 2011). When James was only 12, his father, at the age of 37, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).With both an ailing father and a grandmother suffering from several medical conditions, James Bennett and his family were able to unify and provide their loved ones with the home care they needed. Their family structure and consistent schedule were key aspects in providing care. Unfortunately, not all families have the structure, resources, or flexibility to provide the home care their loved one desires. James understands the difficulties families and caregivers encounter while providing and caring for loved ones. A loving son, husband, and father who understands the need to help families, James created Upstate Home Health Care Solutions, LLC in 2011 to fill in the gap for families who need caring individuals to assist with a loved one’s home care needs.

• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business of the Year 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) Program participant 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce MBA Excellence Award Recipient 2017
• Featured on the cover Upstate Business Journal June 2016
• Community Works Economic Impact Award 2016
• Board Member of Ten at the Top (TATT) and Fire Pit Ranch (FPR)
• Member of Upstate Senior Network, Greenville & Spartanburg Chapters
• Member of the Healthcare division of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce
• Member of the Better Business Bureau
• Staff member of Palmetto Boys State sponsored by the American Legion
• Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

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