COMMUNICATION

Implementing effective methods of communication is so important when dealing with individuals with Dementia.

Your method of communication may need to adapt and change as the Dementia develops and progresses or depending on the type of Dementia. 

Dementia can influence a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others and those living with Dementia often find it difficult to process information and will find it increasingly difficult to speak, read and write over time. Those living with Dementia may also have difficulties with social skills, as the Dementia progresses, and this will see a further decline in that person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.

Some tips for effective communication that we encourage are:

Try agreeing,

rather than arguing

Try repeating,

rather than saying “I told you so”

Try diverting,

rather than reasoning

Try looking at what they can do,

rather than saying “You can’t”

Try distracting,

rather than ridiculing and shaming

Try asking,

rather than demanding

Try reassuring,

rather than lecturing

Try encouraging,

rather than belittling 

Try reminiscing,

rather than using “remember”

Try reinforcement,

rather than forcing