Tough conversations are something that you are definitely going to face as a family caregiver. Following some simple guidelines can help you to make the talk productive, though. The more productive the conversation is, the better for both you and your senior.
Wisely Choose a Time to Talk
Timing is everything, especially when it comes to tackling tough conversations. You both need to be able to focus on what’s going on and have undivided attention. It’s also probably a good idea to wait until your elderly family member and you have some privacy, especially if you’re talking about sensitive issues. Forcing the conversation isn’t going to help, either.
Share What You’re Feeling and Noticing
When you’ve found the right time to talk, open up by mentioning what you’re noticing and feeling about the topic. If you’re noticing that your senior doesn’t seem as safe at home, for example, share how that makes you feel. Your intent isn’t to make your elderly family member feel as if you’re picking on her, so be careful to express yourself without making it an accusation.
Leave Time to Listen
This is a conversation, remember, and not a session in which you’re dictating to your aging adult. In order to make that happen, you have to be willing to listen. Even if you think you know what your senior is going to say, she may just surprise you. It’s also a sign of respect to listen to what she has to say.
Develop a Plan of Some Sort
Depending on the situation, you may need to formulate a plan of action. This is often where conversations become so difficult because you know something needs to be done to properly handle an issue. If you’ve chosen your time well and you’ve both had a chance to share your thoughts, you may find that it’s far easier to put at least a few steps into place until you can map out a full plan.
Tough conversations never get easier, of course. But if you and your aging adult have a system for handling them with dignity and respect, you can help those conversations to be less painful all the way around.
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