Are you a good communicator?

Are you a good communicator?

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Good caregiver communication skills are essential but there’s more to communicating with another person than just talking to them, especially when that person is also the one you’re taking care of. You may think that you’re a good communicator but are you really? Take this quiz to better understand your current caregiver communication skills!

How do you break the ice if the person you’re caring for is reluctant to tell you what he or she is feeling?
The person you’re caring for just told you how they would like their meal to be prepared. What should you do if you aren’t clear on their instructions?
The person you’re caring for is feeling depressed about the fact that she can’t climb the stairs as easily as she used to. What do you say in response?
The person you’re caring for wants to have a discussion about his preferences for end-of-life care but you’re not comfortable with the topic. Select the reaction that you would most likely have in this scenario:
When it comes to caregiver communication with the person you are caring for, what is most important?

You're a great communicator!

You are a great caregiver communicator who pays attention to what the person in your care has to say and also, what he or she doesn’t say. The person you’re caring for is comfortable sharing and communicating with you because you don’t dismiss their concerns and fears. You aren’t afraid to share some of your own experiences and fears in order to keep the caregiver patient communication lines open. 


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You are mostly a good communicator!

Your caregiver communication skills are mostly on point but with all that you’ve got going on both in your personal life and caregiver role, sometimes you miss the verbal and non-verbal cues that the person in your care is giving you. Admittedly, there are times when you brush off minor concerns because you know you’ve got the situation under control, but when important conversations between you and the person in your care need to happen, you are present and give them – and the conversation – the full attention they deserve. You’ve got the caregiver communication basics down but here is an article can help you become an even better communicator. 


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Your communication skills may need some work

If communication is a two-way street, you’d be issued a ticket for driving on both sides of the yellow line. Be cautious to not take over the conversation or dismiss the input of the person you are caring for. It might be worthwhile to take a moment to brush up on your caregiver communication skills, so check out this article for more information: Communicating with the person you are caring for.


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