How to Support People with Dementia?
Dementia is one of the most common illness a lot of elderly people get. People that have to care for dementia patients can become very challenging along the way.
Dementia takes a big toll on families and friends and the patients can no longer remember their existence.
Learn more on how to understand and support a patient with Dementia.
Understanding a dementia patient
Having good communication skills will enhance the amount of interaction you can achieve with a dementia patient. Dementia patients have a difficult behavior due to the symptoms that occurs during the stages of illness they are in.
Having a positive attitude when visiting a dementia patient is important, anything negative can impact them very quickly.
Be very clear in what you’re trying to communicate with the patient. Dementia patients don’t acknowledge things as quick, so it is important to speak with clear intentions so they may get a better understanding.
Always respond in a kind affectionate way in order for the patient not to get overwhelmed or confused. Having a physical communication can also make it easier for them to understand and be present.
How to support dementia patients
Supporting people that suffer from dementia as well as their family is important. If you’re a friend, you should become more knowledgeable on the disease and how to better respond to them.
This disease impacts many families out there in a negative way so having friends to have shoulder to lean on is important.
Being patient is the number one thing a family member, friend spouse or loved one needs to have when it comes to dealing with dementia patients.
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