Knowing how to empathize is something that every senior caregiver in New Jersey should know. It should also be something that everyone with aging parents should possess.
Contrary to what many people think, empathy is a skill that’s learned. It’s not inherent. So the more you think about it and the more you practice it, the better you can develop your ability to empathize. With it, you can improve your relationship with your aging parents and provide the care they need without impeding their independence.
So how can you improve your empathy?
One way to do it is by showing your senior loved one that you have their attention. When talking to them, maintain eye contact. Don’t stare at your phone or do something else that will make it seem like you’re uninterested. Listen carefully to what they are saying before making your own assumptions. Be curious, but don’t judge.
Of course, it’s also crucial to examine your preferences when it comes to senior’s home care. By learning what they are, you’ll have an easier time connecting with your aging loved one. By caring with empathy, you can be their support and trusted confidant.