Caregiver Stress in Fairfield, CT – March is International Listening Awareness Month
It’s not always easy to stop what you’re doing and pay attention to somebody, especially when you’re volunteering your time to help them out. The moment you agreed to be a caregiver for an elderly family member, whether it was a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or somebody else, you took on an enormous responsibility.
You may have a full-time job and numerous other responsibilities in your regular life as it is, and it might make you feel as though you’re doing this elderly individual a favor by helping them out. When you go over to assist them in making dinner every night of the week, helping them do the laundry, assisting them in getting ready in the morning, or whatever else they need help with, you might just be focused on doing the tasks as quickly as possible so you can leave, knowing they are all set, and get onto your other responsibilities in life.
If that’s the case, you are not likely listening to everything your elderly family member is trying to tell you. That’s not the way to be a great caregiver. March is International Listening Awareness Month, so let’s talk about the importance of listening and how to do it, even when you’re a family caregiver who doesn’t seem to have much time to spare.
The importance of listening.
People might talk to you on a regular basis throughout the day. Your boss may be telling you something about a deadline, a coworker could be asking questions, the deli worker asking you if you wanted pickles with your sandwich, and even the conductor on the train telling you which cars will open at your destination, are all conversations that are going on at almost any minute of every day of your life.
If you don’t listen to anyone of those people you could put yourself or others in a potentially awkward or even dangerous situation. Listening is not the same as hearing somebody. Listening has to do with intent to understand exactly what they are telling you.
If your elderly family member is trying to tell you something they want to try, an activity they wish to pursue, and you’re not listening to them, you’re not being the best caregiver you can be.
Stop and take a moment.
No matter how busy you are, it’s important, as a caregiver, to stop whatever you’re doing and give the senior in your life your undivided attention. Pay attention to the words they’re saying and interpret their meaning as they intended.
If you can’t do that, if there are just too many things going on in your life, it’s time to seriously think about hiring a professional caregiver to work with them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Fairfield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.
As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut for the past several years Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the four five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife of 34 years,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing first hand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family.
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