For some people, knowing how to speak to someone with dementia comes pretty naturally, but for others, it can be a bit trickier. Although the severity of dementia ranges widely, more often than not you need to up the care, patience and understanding when you are talking to someone with dementia.
If you are finding it hard to communicate with your loved one, you are not alone. Although with a little more research you can understand the techniques that will improve your communication and the quality of your relationship with your loved one.
So here are some top tips to help you by Family Caregiver Alliance.
- Set a positive mood for interaction.
- Get the person’s attention.
- State your message clearly
- Ask simple, answerable questions
- Listen with your ears, eyes and heart
- Break down activities into a series of steps
- When the going gets tough, distract and redirect
- Respond with affection and reassurance
- Remember the good old days
- Maintain your sense of humour
There is no getting away from the fact some days will be far more challenging than others. However by using these techniques you should be able to maintain a positive atmosphere with your loved one.
Remember to have a little Patience when they start to repeat themselves, after all, they had to read you the same storybook night after night when you were young.
Find out more information at – https://www.caregiver.org/caregivers-guide-understanding-dementia-behaviors