Communicating Your Needs to the Assisted Living Staff

Bethesda Health | April 14, 2016

If you live in an assisted living community, you will be interacting with staff every day, so it’s important that you learn how to communicate your needs effectively. Good communication will let you get the care you need and make your experience at the assisted living community a positive one.

Be Respectful When Speaking

When communicating your needs to your assisted living staff, you should always be respectful. Being respectful and using polite “I” statements will help assisted living staff better understand your needs. Being respectful will also allow you to:

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Many older adults don’t ask questions because they:

Assisted living staff members are there to help you should you need anything and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Asking questions will not only help them help you, but will help make sure you have a positive living experience.

Get to Know the Staff

The easiest way to get comfortable asking assisted living staff for help is to get to know them and build a relationship with them. As a result, you and staff members can work together to customize your experience at your assisted living community. You will also be able to distinguish who will be able to take care of a specific need, from housekeeping to activities. If you have any trouble, just ask!

Remember to Listen Attentively

Actively listening is another way to communicate your needs to assisted living staff. When you ask a staff member a question, listen carefully to what they have to say. It will help you understand their reply. It will also let you ask another question if you don’t understand something. Carefully listening helps communication and prevents misunderstandings.

Questions?

Call Assisted Living at Charless Village today at (314) 606-9891

Related Articles

Adult daughter helping senior mother with computer in preparation for touring an assisted living community

10 Questions to Ask When Touring an Assisted Living Community

Finding the right assisted living community can be overwhelming. After all, you want to find the best place for your loved one to live… Read More

Choosing a Happy & Healthy Assisted Living Community

Finding the right assisted living community in St. Louis for your loved one can be quite challenging, as it is important to consider the quality… Read More

3 Questions to Ask Before Visiting Your Loved One

Before visiting your loved ones in their skilled nursing or assisted living community, you can make sure the visit is appropriate and safe by… Read More

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.