Communication and Dementia

Dementia training at the Centre for dentistry.
Dementia training at the Centre for dentistry.
This month we are sharing some hints and tips on how to communicate with people who live with dementia. Communication usually comes first in the form of speaking to one another but sometimes verbal conversations is not the best method of communicating with someone who suffers with dementia. Remember there are other things to consider.

Here are some ideas to help with communication:

● Acknowledge what the person has said. Even if they don't answear your question, express that you've heard them and encourage them to say more

● Use gestures, movement and facial expressions. Physical signs and body language can all convey meaning.

● Use Humour. Laughing can help to bring you closer together.

● Become an active listener. Listening is a very important aspect of engaging with someone.

● Let the person express their feelings. If the person is feeling sad, don’t try and persuade them away from that feeling. Showing you care by just listening is sometimes the best method of communicating.

● Use physical contact to provide reassurance. Holding or patting the person's hand or putting your arm around them might be all that is needed to let them know you are there for them.

● Use visual clues. Writing your messages down or using objects or pictures to help the person understand.

Communication can always be difficult and upsetting for people who suffer from dementia and also their loved ones. Find the right form of communication is integral to understanding the people involved and can also alleviate some tensions between the person with dementia and person trying to be of assistance.

We offer fully funded dementia training sessions for organisations and for family member also. These workshops are completely free of charge and if you would like to know more please contact our Southport office on 01704 547938.