7 Easy Ways to Interact with Seniors Having a Disability


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7 Easy Ways to Interact with Seniors Having a Disability Socializing with seniors who may have any form of disability should be easier. Family caregivers should interact with their loved ones who have physical or mental disability in a normal and respectful manner. It may be common for some people to feel a bit awkward when taking to a senior with disabilities. People may worry that their behavior or gestures might hurt a senior with disabilities. However, there are number of ways which may help family caregivers for better communication with their loved ones who have physical or mental disabilities.

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Here`s a list of 7 easy ways of talking to a senior with a disability. Show Respect Don`t Treat Them as Kids Relax While Talking to Them Offer Help if Need Be Some Seniors are Adaptable 6. Don`t Act in a Patronizing Way 7. Speak to Them Directly

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It is important for family caregivers to treat their disabled loved one with respect. Always remember to treat others the way you want to be treated. View seniors with disabilities as regular people and not mere impairments, which can make it easier for you to interact with your loved ones. It may hurt a senior to be treated as special and child like, so show respect and maintain a simple conversation with them. #1: Show Respect

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When talking to your loved ones with disabilities, you should make sure to refrain yourself from saying complicated things to them whether or not they have difficulty understanding. Treating your loved ones in a childish way may annoy them. Speak slowly and gently when talking to your loved ones who may have hearing problems in order to prevent confusion. You should keep your vocabulary simple and may use hand gestures to make it simpler for your loved one to understand the conversation. #2: Don’t Treat Them as Kids

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Most of the young people may have a habit of talking fast which might confuse senior adults. Don’t rush things while talking to your senior loved ones who may have some mental disabilities. Be tolerant while talking to your loved ones as they may take time thinking about what to say. Ask simpler questions and wait for your loved one to process it first before answering you. If your loved one have some mental disability then it might delay their response time. #3: Relax While Talking to Them

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Some people think that offering help to seniors with disabilities may turn out offensive. Seniors with limited mobility may need help when going for shopping and want someone to hold their bags. Family caregivers can offer help to their loved ones in a polite way which should not draw attention to their disability. #4: Offer Help if Need Be

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Some seniors who are born with disabilities may adapt to their daily work routine and may see outside help as unfriendly. Family caregivers should make sure to offer sincere help to their loved ones if need be. It may be annoying for seniors with disabilities to see others doing their every work. You should acknowledge first whether your loved ones are capable to do a certain task or not before giving them a helping hand. #5: Some Seniors are Adaptable

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Most of the people with disabilities may feel annoyed when others treat them in a condescending or patronizing way. You should treat your loved ones like you treat everyone else. Seniors with disabilities should be treated with equal respect which may take their mind off their mental or physical impairment. Patting on the back or bending down while talking to seniors with limited mobility may feel offensive to them. #6: Don’t Act in a Patronizing Way.

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If seniors with disabilities have a nurse or a translator then you should still talk to the senior directly. As a result seniors may not feel annoyed and think they are being equally respected. Family caregivers should not use offensive terms like crippled and handicapped around their loved ones which can be disrespectful and may hurt their feelings. #7: Speak to Them Directly

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