Saturday, November 5, 2011



Communicating with Dementia Patients

  • Always approach patient in a calm manner.
  • Do not startle the patient by approaching from behind.
  • Maintain eye contact with the patient.
  • State your name to the patient and what your function is on each occasion.
  • Explain tasks and thoughts to the patient in easy to understand terms.
  • Present one idea to the patient at a time.
  • When necessary, repeat a phrase to the patient with the same wording.
  • Do not rush the patient.
  • Do not talk to the patient as if he/she is a child.
  • Use creativity and flexibility in your approaches with the patient.
  •  Demonstrate an activity to the patient via modeling.
  •  If the patient becomes overwhelmed, redirect.
  •  Avoid arguing with the patient.
  •  Provide consistent reassurance to the patient.

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