Tips for Communicating With Those Experiencing Memory Loss
We all communicate in so many different ways, and usually we don’t even think about it. Yet as caregivers to a loved one experiencing a decline in their cognitive or memory skills, it’s important to rethink how we communicate with them so we can do all that is possible to keep them happy, healthy and engaged with the world around them. Keep in mind that the individual experiencing symptoms related to the different forms of memory loss and dementia has no control over the changes, so we must do our best to adjust to try to meet their needs.
Whether you are providing direct care to a loved one, or your loved one receives care and support in an Assisted Living facility, Kingsway Manor Social Worker Ann Marie Robinson’s Tips for Caregiver Communicating may be helpful:
- Be aware of the surrounding environment, ambient noises, and distractions. Eliminate distractions.
- Approach facing them, and speak when at eye level to put the person at ease.
- Speak calmly and distinctly.
- Keep your words simple, avoid complicated explanations.
- Be patient in waiting for a reply.
- Consider your body language when talking with them, and keep in mind not everyone is comfortable with touch. Offer your hand palm up to see if they take your hand, this is an indicator they are comfortable with touch.
- Call them by their preferred name, and include your own name.
- Don’t correct or argue, reassure and move on if the person is frustrated.
Having peace of mind is something we're committed to providing at Kingsway Manor Assisted Living and Memory Care Center. We offer support with family focus and individualized attention assures each resident lives with dignity and in a place where they feel safe and comfortable. Staff are trained to understand the needs of residents with dementia while promoting social interaction.
Our Senior Living Specialist can provide more information on how a move to Assisted Living can ensure your loved one maintains their highest quality of life possible. Connect with us today.