Article: Caring Conversation Starters: 20 questions care staff can ask residents

Article: Caring Conversation Starters: 20 questions care staff can ask residents

Article/Guide: Caring Conversation Starters: 20 questions care staff can ask residents

From Storiicare, published 19th February 2020

‘When your job is to provide care for individuals, it is easy to break down a day into tasks. Certainly, taking vitals, distributing meds, dressing, showering, feeding, transporting, etc. are all necessary parts of caring for someone’s wellbeing. However, it is important to take stock of whether you are providing emotional care and support to your residents as well. One of the simplest ways to do this through caring conversation starters. You can use some of these prompts while having coffee or incorproate them into a reminiscence session. While these are great for care staff in assisted living settings they work for anyone: adult day care staff, in-home carers, family caregivers, etc.

This article offers 20 questions anyone  can use to strike up stimulating conversations. At a time when we are more isolated than ever , you could use these to have a socially distanced or online conversation with:

  • patients,
  • residents,
  • neighbours,
  • friends,
  • family
  • anyone who may find it harder to engage in a conversation without usual face to face social contact.

The blog highlights that these questions go beyond small talk and caring conversations can allow us all to learn new things about the life and point of view of others that we may help bring connection and a little joy.  They can also help us provide better care. The authors also note the hope is that these conversations lead to better emotional and mental outcomes for residents. Keep in mind these are starting off points to get the ball rolling. As the resident begins to share, use active listening and continue being curious!

Topics: Listening, Conversations, Mental and Emotional Health,  Purpose and Connection

Time: 5 mins

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