Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related conditions can be challenging for families. These progressive brain disorders make it difficult for a person to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, and to take care of themselves. In some cases, individuals experience mood swings as well as changes in personality and behavior.
At the Caregiver.org website, tips are available for learning how to communicate better and more effectively deal with a family member suffering from dementia. One of their first suggestions is to “set a positive mood for interactions.” They explain that how you interact with the person sends a message, and approaching them in a pleasant, respectful manner conveys caring and affection. Another suggestion is to limit any distractions and noise when you want to get the person’s attention. Address them by name, remind them of your name, and look directly in their eyes to help keep them focused.
Be sure to speak slowly and clearly using simple words and short sentences. Try and keep the pitch of your voice low and repeat the message if they do not understand the first time. If you are asking a question, frame it so they can answer with a simple yes or no. When possible, show them the choices and help guide a response.
They also recommend changing up the environment if a loved one is upset. Try taking a walk or suggest another activity that you know they enjoy. Always do your best to be positive and to respond with affection and reassurance. Humor and patience can go a long way when dealing with someone with dementia.
If you have a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, SYNERGY HomeCare can provide the help you need. We serve Central Texas with a broad range of non-medical, versatile and extremely flexible home care services. Our compassionate, trained caregivers provide families with peace of mind knowing their loved one is receiving the level of care they need.
**This blog is intended for informational purposes only. Always consult your health care provider regarding all medical decisions. **
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