Communication isn’t always easy, even with the people you’re closest to. And when you’re speaking with your parents at their senior living community, you want to make the most of every conversation you have with them. Luckily, there are a few best practices you can follow for effective communication.
- Ask Questions. Educate yourself on your parents’ new living environment, learn their likes and dislikes and how they spend their days. Asking questions like these will indicate that you have in interest in your parents’ wellbeing and show them you care about their happiness.
- Talk Openly. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and feelings with your parents. If you miss them, tell them. Do you have an update in your personal life? Share it with them. Confiding in your parents will help strengthen the communication between the both of you.
- Be a Good Listener. Make sure you’re actively listening when your parents are speaking to you. Learning all about their experiences in senior living can help you feel at ease and give you peace of mind.