Care recipient (cr) has difficulty making or keeping eye contact

Try: #use the cr’s name to begin and throughout a conversation to gain and hold the cr’s attention #if the cr is comfortable being touched touch the cr cr’s forearm or hand when speaking #look at the cr’s face when you speak speak in a clear voice at a medium speed and tone #be mindful of your body’s language does it convey openness to listening put yourself at an equal level with the cr don’t stand if the cr is seated #notice the cr’s body language does the cr seem focused or unfocussed on the conversation with you does the cr seem uncomfortable physically or emotionally #keep in mind that disability conditions or cultural taboos may contribute to a cr’s lack of eye contact you can state your preference for eye contact or ask if the cr will meet your eyes but don’t try to force the cr to hold your gaze

Materials: Interactive caregiver attention to other kinds of body language

Categories: Communication, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Vision, Good Vision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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