How to Communicate Effectively with the Older Person

Most residents in nursing homes may have communication disabilities due to diseases, changes physically, psychologically and socially. In this regard, more patience and extra time is required to communicate with them. It is always necessary to talk with older people in any way possible to maintain the most effective means of reaching out to them. 




In order to communicate effectively with the older people, the following should be taken into consideration:

  1. Analyze the surrounding before starting to talk with them.
  2. Reduce background noises like turning off the radio or television or shutting the door to eliminate distracting sounds.
  3. Begin the conversation with informal topics like asking them what they have for breakfast. Definitely avoid harsh information. Then continue on with more familiar topic like families and their interests. 
  4. Maintain eye contact as you talk with them.
  5. Asking questions are good but keep it short? If it took longer time for them to answer, that's alright. It is normal. Do not hurry them. They can function well in slow phase. Give them the chance to remember their memories. 
  6. And most importantly be a good listener.
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22 comments:

  1. These are effective tips sis. My FIL is tickled whenever we visit and talked to him for a long time.

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  2. Good tips. I'll remember this and remember to be patient when talking to an old person.

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  3. our article reminds me of my Lola back then. He always love to talk to us kids and I miss her for that!

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  4. Those are helpful tips. It will surely prevent generation gap from creating miscommunication between people.

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  5. It's hard to communicate with elder's, it really requires patients as you talk with them. Those tips are very helpful by the way.

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  6. i guess for my experience be a good listener! my father in law is 80years old already even he is using hearing aids it is still very hard for him to hear. older person loves to reminisce their good ole' days when they are young so jsut listening with their never ending story is really good!

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  7. Thanks for your recommendations. I usually talk to my GGM (great grandmother) before by asking her what she had for breakfast.

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  8. Very true and helpful tips! I have applied them when I did my OJT at a nursing home facility here.

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  9. Those are very good tips. I talk to my FIL and I make sure I talk loud so they can hear me.

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  10. hmm, am not sure if my comment went through, anyway, we do indeed need to be patient talking to older people, but i do love listening to them since they have much wisdom to share.

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  11. Being a good listener helps a lot. It takes super caring people to communicate with seniors. I admire people who spend much time with them and find so much joy in taking care of the weak. :)

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  12. For one 'oldies' tend to talk much but is ill-tempered to listen. The best way to open a conversation with one is to tell him/her how beautiful he/she is.

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  13. Totally agree with you one this, we should be a keen observer first before we dive into older people in order to see the best technique

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  14. This is a good post sis. Most times, the younger generation just don't understand the elders. They tend to get impatient with the elders without knowing what our senior citizens are going through. It pays to know these to be more considerate.

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  15. Don't shout at them! You will just look silly to them. LOL!

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  16. I worked in a nursing home for seven months before giving birth to my son when I first came to America. You learn to love them like your grandparents. It is very challenging to talk to them to be honest but you just have to be patience. Thank you for the tips too.

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  17. I feel bad that, I was not able to be closed with my paternal grandfather. I wish I could turn back time.

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  18. I think the most important of all, in any conversation is being a good listener. But special attention to our elders is also important. Some elders often feels that they are being neglected.

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  19. Great tips! I worked in Assisted living home before and communicating with them is really challenging.

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  20. Communication is a two-way process. The moment the older person notices that we listen to him or her properly, she or he will begin to trust us. In return, the result would be an effective and efficient communication.

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  21. And also high pitched women are difficult to understand by the elderly.

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