Many people have loved-ones that suffer from dementia, anxiety disorders, mental disorders or alzheimer's disease and often people aren't sure how to take care or communicate with the loved one. Here are a few tips to establishing good communication and ability to decrease difficult behaviour in encounters.
1.) Positive Mood
Maintain a constant positive mood throughout interaction. Your attitude and body language often says more than actual words. Stay positive and set a positive atmosphere throughout your encounter, this will help communicate your messages and increase feelings of affection which in return relaxes and reassures your loved-one.
Distractions and noise can often create disturbance with dementia patience. Try to limit distractions by eliminating noises such as TV, Radio etc. Move to more quiet surroundings and before communicating make sure you have his/her attention.
3.) State your message clearly and use Simple, Answerable Questions
Using simple words and clear sentences you will be able to convey your message more clearly. Speak clearly and slowly, this will help the patient understand the question better. Questions with yes and no answers tend to work better than long complex questions.
4.) Break down activities into a series of steps
By breaking down tasks into a few steps it will make the task much easier for your loved-one to handle. Encourage your loved one to only do as much as they can, do not pressure and overwhelm them.
5.) Respond with affection and reassurance
Patients with dementia often get anxious, confused and unsure of themselves and their surroundings. They often confuse reality and the past and may think things happened that in fact did not.
6) Maintain your sense of humour.
Try to lighten up situations by using humour, but avoid any humour that might be directed at that person directly or personally.
Contact Dr. Shane Pienaar du Bruyn (D.Phil Psychology) inregards to cognitive behavioural therapy for those suffering from anxiety disorders, mental disorders or personality disorders.