Communicating well with people living with dementia
For people living with dementia, having difficulty in communicating with others can be one of the most frustrating and challenging issues they face. This can include struggling to find the right words and keeping up with the conversation.
It’s important to be patient when speaking to people with dementia and give them the time they need to gather their thoughts and finish their sentences.
Here are some tips for communicating respectfully with people with dementia:
- Look at the person you are speaking to
- Allow enough time for what you’ve said to be understood and for the person to finish what they are saying
- Remain calm and talk in a matter-of-fact way
- Keep sentences short and simple, and focus on one idea at a time
- Try to find a quiet environment and take time out to have discussions that might require extra time
- You might want to acknowledge if you don’t know anyone who has dementia
- It is important not to use a condescending tone of voice.
- Let’s Talk Brochure – Good communication tips for talking with people with dementia.