Be polite or don’t be!

English: Portrait of old woman sitting by a wi...

English: Portrait of old woman sitting by a window. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why must medical professionals speak to the elderly as if they have fallen down and bumped their heads and are no longer able to understand English? It absolutely galls me to watch in-home professionals such as nurses and physical therapists get close, speak loudly, annunciate to the extreme and basically act like older people are stupid.

In fact, I had to walk away the other day when Stella’s PT came and explained very loudly, in short words the fact that she was doing fine but needed to continue with her exercises. He was sorry he was unable to accommodate her time schedule, but he had to look out for his other patients. Well, I wanted to shout, what about Stella?

Can’t medical professionals taper their annoying habits? Perhaps asking a question such as, ‘Can you hear me okay?’ or ‘Am I being clear; do you understand what I am trying to communicate?’ or ‘I will do my very best to see to it that I accommodate your schedule as you are extremely important to me.’

Quit getting into my elders’ faces. Quit acting as though they speak a foreign language. Quit acting as though just because they have grown old that they have grown stupid. Learn, for pity’s sake, that With Age Comes Respect!

If you cannot do these things, please get out of the business that you are in. You are annoying!


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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