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Caregiver Blog: May 2012


Communication With Your Loved One 

Monday, May 21, 2012  by jhblogger

Here are few tips to improving your communication skills as a caregiver:

1. Breath- this helps to relax and allows time for you to gather your thoughts

2. Listen- really listen to what the person is saying, and determine what you think the person is hearing you say

3.Use body language to improve the conversation- eye contact, nonverbal cues, and gestures set the tone. Demonstrating or pointing may help them to understand what you are saying.

4. Slow down and speak clearly without raising your voice

5. Talk directly to the person- in between multi-tasking as a caregiver, take time for one to one conversation. Face the person and sit or bend down to their level.

6. Preserve their self esteem- Include your loved one in conversations at the doctors, with family, and friends. Try not to talk about the person when they are present. Also, do not speak down to the person. Conversations should be simple, but on an adult level.

What are some tips that have worked for you when communicating with your loved one?

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Gaining Wisdom from Our Loved Ones 

Monday, May 7, 2012  by jhblogger

Central Connecticut Senior Health Services recently hosted the first annual Wisdom Awards.  Jerome Home and Arbor Rose were able to honor seniors and share their stories.  With this in mind, there is much to be learned from our loved ones.  Reminiscing is a healthy technique to use with your loved one. 
•      Some research has found that reviewing one’s life, particularly someone with Dementia, can improve mood. 
•      Another study found that when a loved one reviews their life with their caregiver, their caregiver felt less burden and found less behaviors with their loved one.

 

Sharing a loved one’s story can give insight into their past and knowledge of how to best connect with them.  To get the conversation started ask questions:
•      Where did you grow up?  Who lived in your neighborhood?
•      What was your first movie?
•      What did your parents do for a living?


Life stories are used at Arbor Rose and Jerome Home as a tool for caregivers to better understand the resident’s needs and their perspective.  We hope you gain more knowledge on how best to care for your loved one by taking the time to reminisce.

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