Hobe Sound, FL – What Did You Say? Multi-Tasking, Listening, and Senior Care
There are a lot of people throughout the country who are proud of the fact that they can multitask. They will sit there working on one thing while listening to another person tell them about their day, discuss a certain specific project that is coming up, or asking for certain advice. They may very well be able to address those concerns, answer questions, and still do what they were doing originally, but research has shown that multitasking is not really possible.
The human brain can perform a number of functions at any given time. It’s how we are able to have a conversation while walking down the street. It’s why we can breathe while drinking after an exhausting work out.
However, far too many people underestimate the impact of multitasking. When you drive down the road and see somebody trying to apply makeup at 65 miles an hour on the highway, to that person they are multitasking. In reality, they’re only paying attention to the makeup and their reflection in the mirror, and not the road.
According to the NPR article, Think You’re Multitasking? Think Again by Jon Hamilton, “Humans, they say, don’t do lots of things simultaneously. Instead, we switch our attention from task to task extremely quickly.”
When it comes to senior care, preparing a meal while the senior is trying to tell you something that happened during the day or something they’re concerned about is going to either affect the quality of the meal itself or one’s ability to pay attention to what is said to them.
March is International Listening Awareness Month. While any senior care service provider may feel pressed for time and the absolute need to multitask, the one aspect that is often given up as a result of doing certain chores or other activities at the time has to do with listening.
Seniors who require care at home may feel isolated and alone. They may have difficulty expressing their concerns or frustrations. It’s far too easy to dismiss a person while multitasking. It’s important that caregivers understand the value of paying attention to seniors and what they have to say – stop, take a moment, and listen. It could be something minor, but it could also be something very important. For example, they could be having difficulty with certain things while taking a shower. They might have concerns about the way their feeling. They might want things done a certain way, too.
If the caregiver is not listening, it diminishes the quality of care. Even if a person thinks that he or she can multitask just fine, they really can’t. It’s time to stop and focus on one thing at a time. It can make a world of difference to the senior in your care.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of senior care services in Hobe Sound, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.