How body language affects caregivingAs September represents World Alzheimer’s Month, Best Home Care will continue to focus on topics that relate to people living with Alzheimer’s  and their caregivers. This week, we will approach the subject of body language and how certain gestures may read to a person who is living with Alzheimer’s.

Here are some important ways on how gestures and body language can either help or hinder communication when providing quality homecare services:

Eye contact: Maintaining eye contact with a person lets he/she know that you are offering your full attention. When you avoid eye contact, it sends a signal that you are either uninterested in the conversation or uncomfortable—which in turn, can make the other person feel uncomfortable or self-conscious.

Posture: Always be sure that your posture reads as welcoming. Avoid crossing your arms or legs, as this can make you look closed off or defensive. In fact, open posture shows that you are fully engaged with whomever you are speaking.

Avoid too much movement: A few gestures can be good to show you are engaged in the communication. However, too much movement can make you appear agitated.

Remember facial expressions: Often times, it can be tricky to be aware of what our faces are doing at all times. Even a raised eyebrow or shifting focus can confuse someone or make them think you are distracted. Remember to smile when you talk, as even the simplest smile can help relax clients and put them at ease with you.

Show compassion: When a person comes to you confused or frustrated, make sure you don’t appear as if you are brushing off their problem or concern. Always show that you care with even a simple nod of the head or touch to their shoulder, as these types of gestures demonstrate compassion and warmth.

In addition to providing tips on professional caregiving, Best Home Care helps those in need of support have access to the absolute best home health care to suit their unique needs. For more on professional caregiving and supporting a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s, visit our website or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.