As a family caregiver you’re communicating with all kinds of people all the time, from home care providers to medical personnel to your own family members. Sometimes those communications don’t go as well as you planned.
Check Your Attitude
It’s difficult to admit, but sometimes your own attitude can be to blame for how some conversations go the wrong way. Take a moment and be honest with yourself about your own attitude for a moment. If you’ve been having a bad day already or you’re simply at the end of your rope, this comes through in your communications with others.
Maintain a Positive Outlook
As much as you can, try to look at the bright side of every situation. This allows you to avoid wallowing in the negative, which can be all too easy. Try starting out by thinking of one positive aspect of every situation. Soon you’ll find that you’re doing that without having to consciously think about it.
Take a Beat
When you find that you’re having a communication breakdown, slow down for a second. Take a deep breath and pause to reflect on how you can get the conversation back on track. Taking a moment can give you time to think, buying you time that can make a big difference in whether the conversation improves or not.
Recognize When it’s a Good Time to Address a Problem
The fact of the matter is that there are simply better times than others in which to get a resolution. If you’re noticing that the conversation you’re trying to have isn’t salvageable at the moment, make a time to get back to the issue at another time. Sometimes you might be the one who isn’t in the right frame of mind and it’s still okay to table the conversation until later.
Arguments aren’t really going to get you anywhere. It’s best to avoid arguments, if you can, by removing yourself from the conversation. If the situation is one that can only result in an argument, you might want to look for a third party to help you to resolve the issue.
As you develop stronger communication skills, you’ll find it easier to deal with other people, even when you don’t want to.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Princeton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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