I’m not your ‘good girl’ – why older people don’t like being spoken to like a baby

Caroline Egan, March 2021

Calling older people names like ‘sweetie’ or ‘dear’ is quite common in aged care homes. But researchers have found that when aged care workers speak to older people as though they are children, it creates the perception of incompetence, and that can lead to a downward spiral.

Smiling Elder Woman Waving Her Finger

What is ‘elderspeak’?

Elderspeak is the practice of speaking to older people as though they were children.

Hellocare read in full at Source: https://hellocare-com-au.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/hellocare.com.au/im-not-your-good-girl-why-older-people-dont-like-being-spoken-to-like-a-baby/?amp

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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