It can be a challenge to communicate with a loved one who suffers from dementia. They may have trouble understanding you or may get frustrated not being able to communicate clearly.
At EQC Occupational Therapy, we’re providing tips to ease the frustration of communicating with your loved one.
Know What to Expect
It’s important to understand how dementia is affecting your loved one. Once you do, you will be able to recognize patterns in their communication, allowing you to understand the feedback they are trying to convey. Below are some aspects and communication behaviors a person with dementia can display.
- Combining unrelated ideas and phrases
- Trouble figuring out the right word to say
- Not being able to continue a train of thought
- Repeating the same stories, questions, or statements
Patience & Compassion Are Key
When communicating with a loved one with dementia, lots of patience and a new communication strategy will help everyone. Here are our top tips:
- Learn to Interpret – Help your loved one find their words.
- Show Patience – Avoid showing frustration.
- Don’t Criticize – Help your loved one feel comfortable.
- Limit Interruptions – Be in an environment that is quiet.
- Provide Comfort – Reassure your loved one.
- Take Breaks – If you feel frustrated, take a break.
At EQC Occupational Therapy, we can provide support and care for you and your loved one. Our licensed occupational therapists can help your loved one live safely at home. We can also provide caregiver training to support you as well. We’re here for you, call us today for a consultation.