Communicating with a loved one with dementia can be very frustrating for both.
The damage to the brain may result in difficulty using the correct words or understanding the spoken word. Consequently, communication skills should be addressed, as early in the process, as possible. As a result, individuals may be able to transmit meaningful communication. Therefore, your loved one maintains social interaction, function and a quality of life.
The person with dementia may repeat a phrase or word over and over. Obviously, this is very wearisome and frustrating for the caregiver but communication can be enhanced by:
- Avoid extra external noise
- Avoid distractions
- Use short simple sentences
- Avoid open ended questions
- Use direct statements and be prepared to repeat requests.
- Don’t interrupt the person.
- Maintain eye contact
- Use prompts and cues.
- Remain calm and using a soothing tone of voice.
- Allow time, as it takes a person with dementia longer to process the information.