Dealing with Alzheimers
How to Deal with an Alzheimer's patient:
- Speak with a smile, it takes away the tension and puts the patient at ease
- Use simple language that is easy to understand
- Slow your speech.
- Keep sentences short and to the point. Voice one idea at a time.
- Be clear and concise.
- Allow the patient to take time to think through what has been said (it takes time to think about the meaning of words).
- Allow the patient to set the pace of the conversation.
- Ensure you have the patient's full attention.
- Give the patient time to find words and voice thoughts.
- Allow them to finish, sometimes it takes a little longer.
- Take time to help them get their thought out, and perhaps ask questions to help clarify their thoughts and find the right words.
- Repeat the information (many times) if asked.
- Ensure the patient has heard and understood what has been said.
- Adjust your tone of voice: louder is NOT always better
- Ensure the you and the patient are face to face when talking.
- PLEASE BE PATIENT!