Many senior adults feel a sense of loss when they can’t enjoy having a proper conversation with their family and friends due to age-related hearing impairment. Sadly, some of them become withdrawn and isolate themselves.
As family members, it’s essential that you become considerate toward your senior loved one as they are still part of the family. When you converse with them, make sure you are facing them directly and speak in a clear, loud voice. More importantly, be patient when they ask you to repeat your words.
Avoid using hand gestures that make you look like you are yelling at your senior loved one like holding your hands up on each side of your face. That display may look condescending or insulting to the receiving end.
It may sometimes be frustrating to communicate with someone with a hearing impairment. However, you may be able to lessen the burden by providing your senior family member with a hearing aid so that they can hear more in both quiet and noisy circumstances.
If your senior family member lives alone, it becomes a problem if they don’t hear the telephone or doorbell ringing. Worse if they can’t respond to smoke or burglar alarms. It may be best to hire someone from home care services in Brookfield, Connecticut to be the one to address these concerns.
If your senior family member needs to go out, it can be dangerous for them if they can’t hear a vehicle honking or people giving them warnings. They may need to have a companion from a non-medical home healthcare agency who can guide them whenever they need to leave the house for grocery shopping or visiting their doctor for an appointment.