Whether you have a loved one with dementia or work in a hospital or facility that provides memory care, how you communicate with those who have a dementia diagnosis can greatly impact their quality of life. Here are a few common mistakes people make when speaking to someone with memory loss and steps you can take to improve how you relate…
- Stay in the present moment, and avoid asking questions about the past
- Don't refer to those with dementia as "sufferers" or "victims"
- Don't assume they are unable to answer for themselves.
- Avoid reducing the individual to a label: "aggressive", "wetter", "wanderer", etc.
- Don't blame the person for changes in their behavior or personality.
- Be mindful of sundowning.
- Don't assume that because they are unable to communicate that your words or actions don't hurt their feelings.
About LifeStyle Options
Founded in 1989, LifeStyle Options is one of the oldest and largest, nurse owned & operated private duty home care agencies in Illinois. With over 300 highly experienced and trained homecare professionals, CNAs, and RNs on staff, they have earned a reputation for providing exceptional service to clients throughout the Greater Chicagoland area, enabling older adults to safely remain in the comfort of their own home.