Sometimes speaking to a loved one with dementia is not easy as it can be emotionally draining. When you speak, you may feel as though they do not understand you at all, they end up doing the exact opposite of what you say. Conversing with them takes a lot of patience and understanding. The more we converse with them, the more we understand their patterns and behaviors and adapt accordingly. As a caregiver of someone with dementia, it is so important that we respond with love and patience as they may gradually become less receptive towards you. Do remember that no matter what they say and do, their condition will never change who they are. If you require any help with taking care of your loved ones, you can opt for assisted living for your loved ones as there will be additional professional help to care for them. Here are some things to avoid when communicating with seniors with dementia.
You are Wrong
It is often evident that your loved ones are in the wrong as they are not following instructions but it may cause your loved ones to feel misunderstood. From their point of view, they may feel as though they are doing the right thing and instead of validating their feelings, you make them feel that they have done something wrong.
This could cause arguments that should be avoided as people with dementia are already in a very vulnerable emotional state. Instead, you should distract not disagree. Try to change the subject into something more pleasant and change their focus. Do not say anything that makes them feel that they are wrong.
Do You Remember?
Sometimes we say this sentence without even realizing it and usually, the answer is no. When you ask this question and they are unable to recall, it makes them feel ashamed and embarrassed. They may feel as though they have forgotten a significant memory which makes them feel lost. It is true that there is no way to completely avoid talking about the past. Try to change the way you bring it up. Instead of saying ‘Do you remember?’ try saying ‘I remember…’ It shows that you are being more sensitive to your loved one’s condition.
I Told You
Having to repeat certain things in common especially when caring for people with dementia. You may tell them something only for them to forget and ask you the same question again. It can be frustrating for you so before answering, calm down and if you need to leave the room for a moment do so. If we respond in a harsh tone, it will cause our loved ones to feel hurt and may agitate them. Remember that their forgetfulness is not their fault and repeat what you said again in a polite way.
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