Older adults and their gift of “People Smarts”
by David Hachmeister, Owner, Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans
Our culture seems to be evolving toward the worship only of youth and technology. The acquired wisdom through decades of living and learning seems less valued. Because many seniors don’t even know what an app is, they are assumed to know nothing about anything … anything important that is.
However, Seniors and veterans usually have “people smarts.” This is an invaluable tool for anyone at any age. This form of I.Q. smooths and harmonizes relationships and builds coalitions to get things done.
Knowledge in the form of experience
Our elders have been our age. They know what it’s like to be 17 or 27 or 57. They have lived the experience of families having kids. They know their own teenaged mind and have witnessed teenaged foolishness. Though hidden behind a different colored veil, the problems, joys, and nature of people really haven’t changed very much for a millennia. Whether we like our elders’ behavior from long ago or not, we need to hear their perspective while we can. Their perspective can broaden ours — if only to show us where we don’t want to go.
We respect our elders and value their gifts
When searching for an agency for in-home care for your senior or veteran, we hope you will realize that we respect and value the hard-won life experiences these folks have ready to share with those who will listen. Our caregivers can do all the normal duties: cooking, cleaning, medication reminders, the running of errands. But, our caregivers also know how to listen. This is an important trait that we look for when hiring a caregiver.
Developing good relationships between clients and caregivers
Our managers also have the “people smarts.” They build and maintain the relationship of the right caregiver with the right client. Our caregivers need to have the technical skills to do their jobs, but if they can’t develop a high-quality relationship with their client and the client’s family, the other stuff really doesn’t matter.
So while you can, take your high-tech device and record a conversation or two with someone you love. You might be surprised at what you can and will learn.