Why Listening is the Caregiver's Secret Weapon
Too often we rush to finish a conversation because we write off an elder's complaining as chronic dissatisfaction. But you could be missing serious underlying messages by not taking the time to listen. Find out how simply just listening is your secret weapon to making caregiving a little easier.
This is true for many of us.
When a child falls and cries, feeding back the message they are giving you is important. As a parent, I learned to mirror back the message a child was giving me.
They want to know their message has been heard,
"Oh, my. That must really hurt!" you say.
The same is true for us as adult caregivers. Let them know that you have heard what they are saying. Clarify the message and repeat it back for them.