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Communications With Dementia: Touch vs Talk

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Communications with dementia is more about emotions and touch . Communications can be improved with a simple touch of the hand or shoulder when talking to your family member with dementia.

The person with dementia flourishes on human touch. They will react better to calm emotions than to reasoning.  Remember, that the “reasoner” is broken.  This is because the section of the brain that regulates clear, defined, logical, and consecutive thinking processes, has actually been destroyed. The dementia patient is unable to think in a normal way. They can, however, respond to  emotions.

The proper use of touch can convey warmth, acceptance, and caring. While touch can have the opposite  impact on the paranoid or combative individual, touch is usually accepted with the same spirit in which it was given.

Beware, however, with using touch with those who have a history of schizophrenia or various other mental ailment.

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Learning to practice mindful living, will permit your to remain in control of your emotions, and not attempt to control your relative with dementia.

We might not be able to help how something makes us feel, but we can manage what we do, or how we manifest those feelings. A mindful approach to living can help to deal with those feelings and responses.

Those with dementia are not able to manage or control their behaviors. The centers of the brain responsible for logical thinking and decision-making are harmed. You, as the family caregiver,  do not have a  damaged brain and can make a conscious effort to decide how you can control your emotions.

Caregiving is stressful. Working to focus on exactly what your family member with dementia could be experiencing is an excellent was to change your perceptions and therefore your responses. Take a step back when you are having a difficult time communicating and take a deep breath. Then ask,”Why is this behavior occurring?” “What is causing this response?”

If your family member is becoming “challenging”, try to think of their challenging behaviors as a forest fire. In most worlds, it is important to work to control the environment to avoid the fire. So become an observer and  discover ways to avoid negative behaviors. Never try to  attempt to control the  actions of the dementia patient . It will only have negative and very challenging results.  Eye contact, a reassuring touch, and a smile make all the difference in the world.

Communications With Dementia Means learn to keep it simple

You will discover that dementia home care will be considerably easier if you learn to develop a routine. The more complex a task might be, the more most likely the dementia patient will become exasperated. Getting dressed, bathing, and everyday tasks that were once easy , can now become very challenging. Tasks that involved many steps must now be broken down, to one step at a time.

It is essential to begin to use easy, straightforward commands. One command at a time works the best.

Right here’s an example: You can say …

“Put your shoes on and follow me,”  while putting your hand out.

or, “Put your shoes on”. Then when that task is completed, ask them to come with you, as you put your hand out for them to take.

Giving step by step to commands simplifies things for our family member with dementia. Do you see the distinction? This is an easy, dementia home care approach that can save you both much aggravation and decrease the tension in your home.

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