Janet McCarthy is an experienced caregiver who says being adaptable is a key part of effective communication. “We must all have the ability to shift when needed to accommodate all parties,” she says. Being mindful of other people’s needs and feelings is necessary. Of course, communication also demands that all parties show some patience as well.
She says caregivers also need to be organized and prepared so that when and if an emergency occurs, the caregiver can communicate with families and health care providers with accurate information. However, caregivers need to also keep privacy in mind and the dignity of the person receiving care. “Information should not be given without the permission of all said parties prior to the need,” Janet says.
By Carrie Vittitoe
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