Tips and Tools for Better Communication: Offering Choice in ConversationSeptember 17, 2018
When working with a client or loved one living with memory loss, do you often hear the word “No” more than “Yes”? It can cause distress when you hope to engage or motivate someone but not get the response you expected, or get no response at all.
Open-ended questions can work well when establishing a dialogue. However, you can rephrase your questions and allow your client to express themselves best by providing a controlled choice . By doing this, you provide them the opportunity to make their own choices, which promotes their independence as well as providing the quality care they need.
Tips & Tools:
Here are some tips that can improve communication, enhance relationships, and establish a better connection with your client and/or loved one. If a person living with dementia can learn new things, so can you!
Practice these techniques 3 times a day and see if you notice a difference in how many responses you get. Use this technique when providing personal care or during meal times. This will empower the person so they can be the one in control of their decision making.
For example: “Would you like to wear the striped shirt or the floral shirt?” and show them both. Watch carefully, because a person can respond to you verbally and non-verbally. Pay close attention to their hands and disposition; their eyes, as well as their words. Be yourself when communicating with them, be genuine, wear your smile, make eye contact, and validate that you heard them. Your connection and trust will build even more.
Leave a Comment
Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder: Shedding Light on the Winter Blues
Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder: Shedding Light on the Winter Blues Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues, is a mood disorder that typically occurs during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight. This condition can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental and emotional well being, affecting everything from […]
November is National Home Care and Hospice Month
True Care Recognizes National Home Care and Hospice Month November is National Home Care and Hospice Month, a time to recognize and appreciate the vital role that home care and hospice services play in our communities. At True Care Home Care, we understand the importance of providing quality care for your loved ones in the […]
National Family Caregivers’ Month
National Family Caregivers’ Month is celebrated each November in the United States. It is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country and raise awareness about caregiving issues. Family caregivers play a significant role in their loved ones’ health and well-being, and their contributions are crucial to both the recipients of care […]
Boost Your Health Literacy: Your Key to Quality Home Care
October is Health Literacy Month, and we at True Care are excited to talk about what health literacy is and how it applies to home care. While, at a bare-bones level, health literacy is about having the tools to understand health-related information, there is so much more to it that can help make your home […]
World Osteoporosis Day: Taking Care of Your Bones
World Osteoporosis Day: Taking Care of Your Bones Today, we’re shining a spotlight on a day that’s all about your bones – World Osteoporosis Day! Having just taken place on October 20th, World Osteoporosis Day is a day to appreciate and educate yourself about the significance of bone health. Just as you take care of […]