Believe It or Not, Paying Attention is Part of Positive Listening: Elder Care Considerations

Author: Hilary Eldridge

Elder Care in Sandy Springs GA

Let’s make one thing clear from the start: there are plenty of distractions in modern society. It doesn’t matter whether you are working at your full-time job, taking care of your own family, or providing some type of elder care, you are going to be faced with numerous distractions throughout the day.

The busier a person is, the more likely they are to be distracted and not fully paying attention when somebody else is talking to them. This can have repercussions, regardless of the situation. Most of the time those repercussions are relatively minor or may not impact you directly.

One of the main reasons why some seniors may become depressed, withdraw from activities, or lose interest in having conversations with their family members or others around them could be a sense that nobody really cares what they have to say.

March is International Listening Awareness Month and for anyone who requires some type of assistance at home, it’s important for the caregiver, whether it’s a family member or professional, to improve their listening skills to empower the senior as much as possible.

The importance of paying attention.

Listening is about several different components. It’s about being able to actually hear and understand the words somebody’s speaking to you. It’s also about paying attention to that individual.

For somebody who is incredibly busy, they may feel as though they have to do many different tasks at the same time in order to get them all done before heading home or going to bed. Parents often find themselves running around doing laundry, picking up toys, putting things away all while their children are following close behind telling them things, asking questions, and so much more. Half the time they are barely paying attention.

For the elder care provider, it is absolutely essential to pay attention to what the senior has to say. We pay attention by stopping whatever we are doing, looking at them, and giving them our undivided attention.

When the caregiver is paying attention to the senior client, they will understand what that person is telling them and they will know what is important to them. That opens the doorway for extremely positive elder care.



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