Communication is the name of the game

English: Sculpture of three people with blanke...

English: Sculpture of three people with blankets around there chest in front of the entrance of Swellengrebel elderly care. Burg. Fockema Andreaelaan in Utrecht. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I think how scary it is for me to when I can’t get in touch with my parents (and they are not even old yet), I just know that it is equally as important for other families to be able to speak with their loved ones – especially those of the elderly variety. I am very careful on this front.

This is not always the case though with everyone in elder care. Some people avoid answering an elder’s phone for whatever reason and then the family panics because no one answers the phone. This is wrong!

There is no reason whatsoever that a caretaker should not at least be able to answer the phone and then simply take a message. (It is a great idea to keep a notebook or a phone log to display the calls, too.) This shows the family that you are doing everything possible to keep communication lines open. They will feel much better knowing that you are on the job!

Communication about all aspects of senior care is important, but it is truly of import to keep the family in the loop and to relay conversations between them and the senior that is under one’s care. Try to remember this the next time the phone rings and you are present with a senior. Answering the telephone could make or break a relationship between the caretaker and the rest of the family!


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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