People of all ages can experience compassion and should because it is a natural instinct within us all. However if anyone, it should be the older population that’s treated with the most respect. They have paved the way and created the comforts younger people may take for granted. Providing compassion can be as simple as expressing acts of kindness, caring, and support that relieves discomfort. Here are some tips to provide the utmost compassion to older adults.
Enhance The Environment:
When providing compassionate care, the main goal is to reduce suffering and help with the overall well being of a loved one. One way to do this is by enhancing their environment to be more calming and relaxing. In an article published by the Dailynurse, it further explains ways to calm down seniors who are agitated by, “decreasing background noise, eliminating distractions, and providing distance between yourself and the patient when you speak.”
Recognize & Assess Deficits:
Seniors with dementia can often have memory lapses and become delusional, which can make it difficult for you to provide proper care to your loved one. However, if you take the time to recognize their concerns, you will be able to assess their deficits effectively. For example, using effective communication techniques to assist seniors who may have difficulty hearing can prevent startling them when resting, watching television or eating. One really effective technique is the use of positive language, click here to learn more.
It is known that positive attitudes lead to positive results, which is very important when caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Our behaviors, choice of words and environments can have a significant effect on how others feel. Research conducted at the Yale School of Public Health, shows that older adults who have positive attitudes are 50% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s & dementia than others. Remaining positive when caring for older adults, can help them feel more comfortable and help their overall well being.
Engage More Often:
When you interact with older adults, it makes them feel more relaxed around you. We know it can be very overwhelming when caring for someone in need, but try to engage with them more often. Take some time out of your day to interact their interest and share similar stories with them. This not only makes them feel better, but can help rekindle damaged relationships and even spark new ones.
At Poet’s Walk, a Spring Hills Memory Care Community, we understand the importance of providing compassionate care to our seniors and strive to do just that. Our Director of Resident Engagement, David Melton, explains that, “Compassion is when you gain the desire to help someone who is not doing well and could use a helping hand. We make sure to train all staff members to being able to provide the best quality care, while understanding how to be compassionate while doing so.” Our expertise and forward-thinking philosophy drive us to continue providing the very best care for families and their loved ones.