Communication boards can take many different forms. While some boards are just laminated pieces of paper containing letters or images, others are digital or can even be turned into portable wristbands. Your senior loved one’s board should be tailored to fit his or her abilities and needs. For instance, seniors with severe side effects caused by their strokes may need simplified boards they can use to show their answers with eye movements. Alternatively, seniors who can point and think clearly may be able to use boards with letters to spell out their thoughts to others. Either way, using a communication board provides these benefits for stroke survivors.
Check in on How Survivors Feel
The limited language abilities your loved one has after a stroke may make it difficult to find out how he or she is feeling. With a communication board, your loved one can provide a response when a caregiver asks if he or she is in pain. Depending on the level of his or her abilities, your loved one may also be able to point to choices on a menu to pick out food. Your loved one can also let others know if he or she is feeling sad or happy. Being able to give a stroke survivor pain relief as needed or even just bringing him or her a blanket allows for a safer and healthier recovery.
An experienced professional caregiver can often provide tips for communicating with senior stroke survivors. There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional senior care. Vancouver families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place.
Encourage the Use of Language
Seniors who discover they cannot speak well may give up trying to communicate. However, the parts of the brain damaged during a stroke can sometimes be rebuilt through constant practice. A communication board is a simple way to encourage seniors to continue to try to use language to communicate. Pointing at words helps seniors reinforce their vocabulary skills. They can also try to speak as they point until they begin to make intelligible sounds. Since communication with the board is bound to generate some type of response from caregivers, this care strategy also helps seniors develop their receptive listening skills.
Ease Frustration and Anxiety
Stroke survivors can feel trapped in their own bodies. Being unable to speak or move around freely is upsetting. Communication boards serve as outlets for seniors to express their worries. Senior stroke survivors can feel a sense of control over their lives when they know they can let people know what they need.
Having a caregiver close by can give your loved one peace of mind while he or she recovers from a stroke. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Vancouver Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.
Provide a Sense of Empowerment
Feeling helpless can rob seniors of the motivation to get better. However, giving them tools for self-expression can remind them they’re still capable of healing and restoring their ability to communicate. When you notice your loved one seems frustrated, try pulling out the board so he or she can be involved in his or her own care. Over time, your loved one will hopefully need to rely less on the board to communicate, but he or she will always remember the compassionate way it was shared.
Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality home care services. Trust Home Care Assistance to help your elderly loved one age in place safely and comfortably. To hire a dedicated caregiver, call Home Care Assistance at (778) 279-3634 today.