Talking to a Loved One With Dementia
Caring for someone with dementia can be demanding. As much as you care for your aging family member, memory loss can make communication difficult and frustrating. Understanding what your loved one is going through and modifying how you speak with them however, can make communicating with them easier and more enjoyable for the both of you. The caregivers at FootPrints Home Care have extensive experience in providing medical and companion care to seniors, we’re experts in communicating with those who have dementia, here are some of our simple communication tips:
- Be kind and cheerful.
- Speak clearly. Repeat yourself if necessary to help the person remember what they can.
- Make it easy for the person to remember new information by breaking it up into smaller pieces.
- Ask yes or no questions, and avoid open ended questions.
- Keep your feelings in check. The person with dementia may say things that hurt your feelings.
- Never argue. Remember, if they become abusive, it’s not them, it’s the progression of the disease. Leave the room if you need to. Arguing will do no good.
- Don’t belittle or talk down to the person.
- Be patient.
- It’s okay to ask for help.
It’s not easy caring for someone with dementia. At FootPrints our compassionate caregivers have the experience needed to help family members take care of their elderly parents and grandparents. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help, that’s what we’re here for. Following these simple tips will take time and practice, but with practice, and with help, you can communicate effectively with your loved one. Contact us for a free in-home assessment.Copyright: highwaystarz / 123RF Stock Photo