Have you had a chance to read our latest blog yet? If you have, then you already know that our memory care specialists in Durham have been giving you tips for communicating with a loved one who has dementia. So far, we’ve talked about not taking things personally, paying attention to emotion, setting a positive mood and showing respect. The following is a list of our last few communication tips:
#5. Limit surrounding noise and distractions.
Communication is difficult enough as it is, but when there are lots of distractions around, it can make it almost impossible. When you are communicating with your loved one, make sure that you limit all of the distractions and noise that surround you. It is also important to get their full attention before you start talking. You can do this by using their name, identifying yourself, gently touching their arm or hand and maintaining eye contact.
#6. Speak simply, slowly and clearly.
When you speak to your loved one, use plain words and short sentence to get your message across. Make sure that you also state your message clearly. Refrain from speaking too loudly, as this can be interpreted as yelling. Instead, use a lower pitch, and if your loved one still has a hard time understanding, repeat yourself slowly.
#7. Ask simple, easy-to-answer questions.
Asking questions is a great way to get other people to open up about their lives, but you should avoid asking too many open-ended questions. Make it easy for your loved one to answer you by asking them yes or no questions. You can encourage them to open up more, just watch out for signs that of anger or frustration.
Do you have questions or concerns about communicating with your loved one? If so, contact us!