- D – Distance
Maintain a safe and respectful distance when talking with them. It would be helpful if you are seated lower (eye-level) for more effective communication.
- E – Emphasize
When you speak, speak slowly and clearly. Give simple choices. This will emphasize your message and give them time to process what you have said and respond.
- M – Make time for a response
Wait for them to respond to what you have said. Let them speak at their own pace. Let them share about their needs, well-being and feelings.
- E – Eye contact
Look at them in the eye as you speak. This assures them that you’re genuinely interested and that they have your full attention.
- N – No distractions
Remove or turn off anything that could disrupt attention. It could be your phone, electronics, television, or radio. This gives them enough time to formulate their thoughts without any unnecessary background noises.
- T – Touch
Hold their hand, if possible, and only if they’re comfortable. This assures them that you’re sincere enough to listen to them. Hand pats are also communication gestures of love and presence.
- I – Interest
Help them in communicating with others. At our Adult Day Care Health Center in Sparks, Nevada, we can provide them with a caring environment surrounded by friends and peers for a safe and respectful place to communicate.
- A – Acknowledgement
Let them know you hear and understand what they are saying. You can acknowledge their message through nods, a smile, head shakes, or pats on the hand or the back.
Remember that we’re here to assist you! Our programs for Assisted Living in Reno, Nevada can be arranged to fit your loved one’s specific needs.
The best way to communicate your love for them is to entrust them to skillful and professional caregivers who will tend to them with as much compassion as you. That’s why you’ve got our team at More to Life Adult Day Health Center.