Communicating with Dementia- 12 Helpful Hints
- Be calm and patient.
- Face the person, speak clearly and slow enough to understand.
- Make sure that you have their attention by gently touching their arm and saying their name.
- Use short, simple sentences and say exactly what you mean.
- Try to get one idea across at a time
- Allow plenty of time for the person to take in what you say and in turn to reply.
- Do not confuse or embarrass the person by correcting them bluntly.
- Use questions which ask for a simple answer- no one needs complexity.
- Do not ask questions which test their memory- e.g. “Who am I?”
- Talk about familiar places, people and ideas.
- Use the names of the people you are talking about, instead of “he/she”. It will help remind the person who you are talking about.
- Use facial expressions and hand gestures to help make yourself understood.
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