Dealing with Alzheimers

on Monday, 15 April 2013.

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!
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