Ever since I was a young girl attending Catholic School, I have been all too aware of death. Death happened to be a topic of concern many times over in our religion classes.
The elderly that are diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, if they have all their faculties (and sometimes if they don’t), they will be able to realize just what they are in for. The fright that is caused by a severe diagnosis such as this one can cause depression that can take them down faster. It is up to you to help your clients to cope!
Perhaps that means talking to them. Maybe it means praying with them. When I say whatever, I mean whatever – whether or not this is easy for you, you owe it to them! This is what it takes to show your elderly clients that you mean it when you say that With Age Comes Respect.
The topics that you will get into with your clients may be just as tough on you as they are on them. Talking about death and dealing with it are really important concepts indeed. How you handle talking about these concepts will make or break your relationship with your client.
Think about what you are going to say before you say it and then fulfill your goals by showing your clients that you are the best caregiver for them….or anyone!