Hearing loss is an extremely common issue of older age. In fact, approximately 30 percent of seniors over the age of 64 and 60 percent of seniors over the age of 74 are dealing with measurable hearing loss. This can be a very challenging limitation for your aging parent, leaving them feeling less confident and even disconnected from the world around them. As their family caregiver, you can make a tremendous difference in their quality of life by helping them to stay engaged and involved with those around them. This will support better mental and emotional health and encourage ongoing social engagement.
Use these tips to keep your senior suffering from hearing loss involved:
- Encourage them to use their hearing aid consistently.
- Use gestures and other non-verbal communication to express yourself and reinforce what you are saying to make it easier for your parent to interpret what you are saying.
- Make sure that you speak directly to your parent and encourage others to do the same.
- Try repeating questions or what people say in a casual way if you think that your parent is not hearing properly. This is particularly impactful if you are in a large group and the person speaking is at a distance from your parent.
- Try to eliminate as many distractions as possible when engaging with your parent. Turn off televisions or music, and speak directly to your parent so that they are better able to hear you.
- Take your time when speaking, but speak at a normal speed.
- Give your parent time to process what you said and respond rather than immediately trying to repeat yourself.
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that your loved one gets everything that they need to stay healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy as they age in place. Through a highly personalized set of services this care provider can help your parent to meet their individual needs, challenges, and limitations in the way that is right for them. These can include providing safe and reliable transportation, helping with taking care of the home, providing assistance with personal care tasks, helping with meal preparation and eating, and more. As a family caregiver this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that both when you are with your parent and when you are not, your senior is in the best hands.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Buffalo Grove, IL, contact the caring staff at Companion Services of America today at (847) 943-3786. Our home care service area includes Northbrook, Highland Park, Deerfield, Glenview, Buffalo Grove, Evanston, Des Plaines, Skokie, Lake Forest, Wilmette and the surrounding areas.