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Best Ways to Avoid Crossing the Line From Motivation to Bullying with Aging Parents

Ft. Lauderdale senior home care

Sometimes the words we use when speaking to our elders can do more harm than good. Learn how to uplift seniors with these helpful tips!

As a family caregiver, you no doubt encounter a variety of emotions during the day: shared laughter over a joke with your loved one; worry due to a health concern; and of course, occasionally, irritations. We want only the best for people we love, and if an older adult is resistant to doing something we know is beneficial, it may be hard to choose the most appropriate reply.

The important thing is to try to supply motivation and encouragement, while also being cautious not to cross the line into bullying the senior. These tips are important to remember:

  • There’s no one-size-fits-all. An approach that has worked in one situation is possibly altogether ineffective in another. In the event a loved one refuses to take a bath, for example, you could simply prefer to let the matter slide and attempt again another day. Or, maybe reframing bath time into a relaxing spa activity will carry some more appeal. Including humor may work nicely one day, whereas using a kinder, softer tone of voice may be the answer on another. Having a number of strategies at the ready can help cut down on irritation for both of you.
  • Encourage the senior to remain in control. Have a heart-to-heart chat with the older adult during the course of a relaxed, peaceful moment to obtain suggestions as to how the caregiving relationship is going, and what she or he wishes to see modified. It is essential to then take to heart the older adult’s feedback and incorporate it into your caregiving approach.
  • Be careful to avoid progressive bullying. Although we certainly would not set out to bully a loved one into submission, it is possible to slowly move from encouragement and inspiration into pushiness and forcefulness without noticing it. Take an honest look at your inclinations in speaking with your loved one, and then take steps to improve upon them as needed.
  • Remember the overarching priority. Apart from the many tasks required in delivering care for a loved one, preserving a healthy, happy and fulfilling relationship with one another is vital. If you realize that the worries of providing care are outweighing the rewards for either of you at any time, there is always the possibility of exploring alternate care options such as in-home respite care, letting you place your focus on spending quality time together with the older adult you love.

Responsive Home Care is the ideal partner for family caregivers. Our caregiving staff are highly trained and skilled in the many areas of senior home care, and will provide the assistance family members need to preserve healthy relationships with those who they love. Contact us online or call us at 954-486-6440 and request an in-home consultation to discover the difference respite care can make in both a senior’s total well-being and yours.

Swallowing trouble?

Caregiver Coral Springs FL

Caregiver Coral Springs FL

Nurse Mary reviewing information for the Responsive team

Most of us don’t even think about swallowing, but for someone with dysphagia (difficulty during swallowing), eating and drinking can be scary. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dysphagia, the risk of aspiration (breathing in a foreign object, i.e. sucking food or liquid into the airway) is present each time you eat or drink.

Responsive Home Care caregivers attended a training this month on aspiration prevention and awareness. Topics included the causes, signs, and symptoms of swallowing problems, the complications that can arise if a client has been diagnosed with dysphagia, and the dangers of aspiration and aspiration pneumonia. We also reviewed silent aspiration and what the caregivers should watch for and who and when to alert if they see symptoms.

Representatives from Simply Thick spoke to our caregivers about their product, and gave some product demonstrations. Simply Thick is the only gel thickener on the market, and can be added to cold and hot beverages, soups, cocktails, carbonated beverages, and treats like ice cream and jello. Unlike other powder thickeners, Simply Thick completely mixes in seconds (5 second if shaken, 20 seconds if whisked), and stays stable as long as the product in which it’s mixed remains unexpired. It can even be mixed with water and frozen to make safe ice cubes!

If you are interested in trying this innovative product, please let us know!

If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Coral Springs FL to provide companionship, compassion and motivation, please contact the caring staff at Responsive Home Care. Call today 954-486-6440.