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4 Reasons the Caregiver Needs to Listen to the Patient

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Caregivers Milton, GA

When you plan on being a caregiver to a loved one, it’s important to be able and willing to listen to the patient. Depending on the situation and the circumstances, when you don’t listen, the chance of making a mistake with regard to their care increases.

The last thing that any in home care provider wants is to make a mistake that could put the elderly patient in danger. Below are 4 essential reasons that you, as the caregiver, should listen to the patient, even when you know what he or she needs.

  1. You might not be in tune with the patient.

Even if the patient is an elderly loved one, that doesn’t mean that you know what he or she needs all the time. Just because you understand your loved one and have known them for your entire life, that doesn’t make you an authority on his or her needs right now.

  1. The patient may not be exaggerating.

If you’re used to your loved one making some things seems far worse than they actually are, you might be prone to ignoring them when they complain about how they feel, what hurts, or fears that they may have.

Don’t let your preconceived notions about their health and well-being influence you as a caregiver.

  1. The warning signs could be expressed between the words.

When we don’t really listen to someone, we don’t pay attention to certain non-verbal communications. When this happens, you could miss potentially vital clues about their health.

This could have to do with side effects of medications, something they’re eating, or an internal health problem that is beginning to come to light.

  1. You don’t always know best.

It’s nice to think that you know what’s best for an elderly loved one, but rarely do we actually know this. Sometimes what we believe is best might be best for us. In other words, you might want your aging mother to take it easy, even though she wants to be active.

Getting active and the right amount of exercise is essential to good health for people of all ages. Don’t underestimate the importance of this.

When you listen to the needs of the patient, you will be the best caregiver for them. When you fail to listen, then you could be missing important clues about their health and well-being that could put them in some jeopardy.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in the home, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511