If you have made the step to provide Aged Care Services for a loved one, but it doesn’t seem to be working out well, consider whether or not the issue may be as simple as communication. Your care provider may be reporting something that doesn’t match up with the reports you receive from your loved one. There are a variety of situations that can lead to communication problems.
As aging occurs, many people experience a reduction in their hearing abilities. It may be that they can hear, but the words aren’t as clear as they used to be. If you find that you have spoken to both the care provider and your loved one, and their stories have slightly different discrepancies, consider the possibility might be due to decreased hearing abilities. Have your loved one tested. If this proves to be the case, there are a variety of hearing aids available that can help improve the hearing.
Is your loved one taking any medications that may affect their memory, or cause some confusion? It can be frightening to hear that your loved one says their care provider didn’t feed them lunch. However, if your care provider can demonstrate that your loved one wasn’t denied a meal, consider that the medication may have caused some confusion for your loved one.
If your loved one is suffering from a condition that affects the brain, this can definitely lead to communication problems with the caregiver. Patients suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s may require more specialized care providers that are trained in these specific areas. If not, complications with communication are sure to arise.
To ease your own comfort, you may want to make sure that you daily contact the care provider you have hired for your loved one. Drop in at the residence when you can and see how the day is progressing. Find some time to spend observing how your care provider and your loved one interact.
You can also help with communication issues by using written communication. If your loved one suffers from a condition that limits speech, develop some hand signals that will allow your loved one to communicate their needs to their care provider. If you don’t suspect there are abuse issues, bring in the help of a communication specialist that will provide you with other techniques you can employ.
As in our own daily lives, we experience communication problems with our spouses or co-workers, a certain amount of communication issues should be expected. However, it is always wise to be diligent when it comes to the concerns of your loved one. The communication issues might be as simple as a lack of compatibility between the care provider and your loved one.
When it comes to the senior home care services that are provided for your loved one, you naturally want to ensure they are receiving the best available care. If all of these considerations do not eliminate the communication problems, it may be time to consider making a permanent change in care.