These are great tips for newbie care partners and “the general public,” and practical reminders for those who have been involved in dementia care for any length of time. The engaging four-minute animation will help embed the techniques in your brain. Have a read and a watch!
- use one idea per sentence (i.e only one verb)
- ask questions
- limit demands on recent memory
- provide options for answering
- speak at a normal rate
- use normal volume
- use normal intonation
- eliminate distractions
- support participation
- use prompting & cueing
- invite engagement
- offer choices
- mention preferences
- supply possible answers
- provide guidance
- assist with activities
- draw on shared memories
- tell stories
- use simple grammar & sentences
- do an enjoyable activity together
- “B” is for breathe.
- “A” is for assess, accept, and agree.
- “N” is for never, never argue
- “G” is for go with the flow, let go of your ego, get on with it and get over it.
- “S” is for say you’re sorry
See also: Teepa Snow demos 10 ways to calm a crisis with a person with dementia
2 thoughts on “25 dementia communication quick tips in 4 minutes!”
Great ideas that we all need to remember, thanks Susan
Thanks Diane 🙂