Effective communication with elderly loved ones

Individuals with physical, age-related, and cognitive conditions can find themselves in need of extra help. This is easy to achieve when you hire a first class personal assistant through Diamond PA.

The right support in place

The people you care about might need some extra support when they age. This will allow them to stay healthy and stop them from struggling. Effective care involves a lot, including quality communication. This ensures the individual in need of support understands their care needs and is involved in any decisions.


It isn’t uncommon for people to lose their hearing a little as they get older. Even when this is the case, be careful not to shout at them. All you need to do is make sure that your volume is reasonable, maybe slightly louder than normal, and speak clearly. Something that can help is sitting with them and talking face-to-face to ensure that they understand you.


Old age and conditions such as dementia can make it harder for people to have an in-depth conversation. You should try and get your point across in a light and simple way without being convoluted. Short sentences are best when the topic is serious. This will allow you to convey all the important information without overwhelming them. Another thing you should do is only give one instruction at a time as this is easier to follow.


Your loved one might need a bit more time to formulate sentences than they did when they were younger. This could be purely because of their age or due to a condition like Parkinson’s but regardless, you need to be patient. Failing to do this and not showing empathy can lead to them not wanting to take part in conversations anymore. Try putting yourself in their shoes and remember to be compassionate.

Involve them

A lot of elderly individuals feel that they no longer have their independence and freedom of choice. This happens when you leave them out of decisions and conversations about their care. Even something as simple as asking for their opinion can stop them feeling left out while allowing you to know what they’re thinking.

personal assistantDiamond PA carers understand how best to work with people of varying needs. This includes the elderly and those with conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s. Each member of our team has all the best qualities such as patience so that your loved one can receive the care they need. This is while remaining independent and keeping their dignity.

If you are looking for expert help from a personal assistant, get in touch with us today.