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The Language Of Dementia

Updated: Apr 30

When interacting with a loved one with dementia, families benefit in tremendous ways when they use a specialized approach called “therapeutic communication”.  This approach focuses on connecting emotionally, validating feelings, and promoting a sense of comfort and security for your loved one.  The following are some therapeutic communication strategies that we use here at The Artesian of Ojai Senior Living:

 

Validation:  Acknowledging the person’s feelings and experiences without judgment, even when their feelings are not reality based.

 

Empathy: Understanding and sharing the individual’s emotions, offering comfort and support.

 

Redirecting:  Gently guiding the conversation or activity to a more positive or calming topic if the person becomes agitated or upset.

 

Reminiscence:  Encouraging the person to share memories and stories from their past, which can promote a sense of identity and connection.

 

Affirmation:  Offering praise and encouragement for even small accomplishments or efforts.

 

Simplification:  Using clear, straightforward language and avoiding complex explanations or instructions.

 

Nonverbal Cues:  Using body language, facial expressions and touch to convey warmth, reassurance and understanding.

 

Patience and flexibility:  Allowing the person time to respond and being adaptable to their changing needs and abilities.

 

Respect and dignity:  Treating the person with dignity, respect, and kindness even in challenging situations.

 

Consistency:  Providing a consistent and predictable environment and routine, which can help reduce confusion and anxiety.

 

Families and caregivers who use therapeutic communication can make a significant difference in the life of a person with dementia. 

 

Learn More about Senior Living

At The Artesian of Ojai Senior Living, we offer a range of care options both in Assisted Living and in Memory Care, providing unparalleled well-being, comfort and peace of mind for residents and their families. To learn more about our community, visit our website http://theartesianseniorliving.com or call for a tour at (805) 798 – 9305.

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