Do you have a senior in-home care who struggles with hearing loss? If so, we know this can often be a difficult time for both you and them when you’re trying to effectively communicate. To help you talk with your senior as best as you possibly can, read through our advice below to begin easily facilitating the conversations.
Get Their Attention First.
Before you begin trying to have a conversation with your senior, try to get their attention first – Doing so politely, of course! A few things you can try are waving your hands calmly in their line of sight, stepping in front of them so they can see you, and gently tapping them on the shoulder.
Keep Noise Levels to a Minimum.
Eliminating background noise will make it easier to communicate with your senior. This includes items like music, television, and other people’s conversations. For these reasons, if you’re going out in public with your senior, it is wise to choose quieter, less crowded locations with the least amount of distractions.
Take Turns Speaking.
If there is a group spending time with your senior, it will be helpful if each person takes turns while speaking. Otherwise, group conversations where multiple people are speaking at the same time can be confusing and frustrating for your senior! It is also best for the group to avoid any side conversations within the senior’s vicinity.
Talk Loudly, Slowly, and Clearly.
It may be time to practice new methods when you’re speaking to your senior. When in conversation, be sure to enunciate your words the best you can and talk slowly to avoid your senior not being able to keep up with what you’re saying. Since your senior suffers from hearing loss, talking at a louder volume will also be helpful.
Repeat and Rephrase.
If your senior doesn’t understand something you said the first time around, don’t get frustrated. You may just need to repeat yourself, and when you do, first try using the same words and phrasing as you did the first time. If your senior still isn’t grasping what you’re saying, try rephrasing or simplifying your question or statement.
Try and remember that this can be difficult time for not only you, but for your senior as well. Being patient and listening to them will help you have an easier conversation with them. For further advice on communicating with your senior who has hearing loss, or for information on home care services, please call Home Care Assistance today for your consultation.