Vitae Care Social Media Team – Saturday, May 20, 2017
As senior citizens age, anxiety can increase. Five different considerations to build up their trust.
The role of anxiety in the life of an elderly person
Generally speaking, most people pursue happiness, well-being, peace, and a good work–life balance. For older people who live independently in their homes and enjoy senior companion services, life starts to look a little bit different. One might expect that elderly have freedom and contentment, in addition to enormous amounts of patience and the knowledge of a lifetime. In reality, this is not the case for all senior citizens. Loneliness, illness or the beginning stages of dementia may create considerable anxiety and even depression as they see their life’s changing in unexpected ways. Older people are more anxious than when they were younger; the word “fearless” belongs primarily to youth.
Your parent’s signs of nervousness, worry, or dismay
Elderly people may experience anxiety even when there is no threat of danger. This is the result of various causes, including stress and health problems. Gradual loss of hearing, the onset of dementia, and loneliness can also make the elderly uneasy. Sometimes their worries concern their senior companion services. For example, if the caring companion is running late for in-home services, that person might wonder, Will they come at all? Have they just forgotten me? The elderly person might check every minute to see whether the caregiver’s car has pulled into the driveway, or the person might sit at the window, desperately longing for the caregiver to show up. He or she will not find any comfort until someone walks in the door and says, “Hello, how are you today?”
Another example of a stressor is a broken main door that has not been fixed yet. The elderly person may wonder, when is the handyman coming? Where is my favorite blue sweater? When will my son be visiting me next time? I will have to prepare and go to the hairdresser.
We should not underestimate the power of anxious thoughts, even over trivial things; they can stir up substantial negative and fearful emotions. Most of the time, senior citizens describe physical complaints rather than discussing their feelings of anxiety. Yet this sad state of exasperation and discomfort at some point needs to be treated by a doctor.
Safe and sound with a caring companion
It is an established principle that caring companions must be good listeners; it is their job to find out what is going on in the heads of their clients. This process can be compared with measuring a person’s temperature—but in this case, it is the elder person’s emotional condition that is being measured. Here are five important considerations that will help to build trust and relationships with senior citizens:
- Show up on time for caregiving, or notify your clients by phone about any delay.
- Do what you say, and say what you do.
- Be patient; listen carefully; and give the elderly person room to talk.
- Know all of your clients’ habits.
- Leave a note about the next appointment.
Perfectly balanced care will bring freedom and peace to the souls of the elderly through the trust developed between caring companion and client. Vitae Care is an excellent provider of in-home care services and is always striving to give each client the best possible care experience. Our caring companions are experienced and skilled in caregiving. We will do what is best for your loved ones and make them feel sound and safe at home by reassuring them that we care.