Care recipient (cr) needs help understanding what others are saying

Try: Make sure cr is able to hear when others are talking to him her approach cr from the front so cr isn’t startled make sure confusion distraction and noise are at a minimum speak slowly and clearly using a lower pitch voice will help to convey a sense of calm use short simple familiar words and sentences be aware of tone of voice when speaking to cr cr can sense others’ emotions through their tone ask only one question at a time and give cr time to respond speak positively by avoiding don’ts and avoiding direct orders it may be helpful to communicate a request by drawing pointing or touching things ignore harmless hallucinations or delusions respond with reassurance rather than confrontation it may be helpful to redirect cr to another activity if it seems that cr is not paying attention try to talk to him her again in a few minutes use non-verbal communication such as a smile touch or hug non-verbal communication serves to reinforce verbal communication or to communicate when cr can no longer understand words

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Categories: Sage, Topic, Cognitive Intellectual, Communication, Medical Physical, Hearing, Good Hearing, So-So Hearing, Poor Hearing, Verbal Communication, So-So Verbal Comm, Poor Verbal Comm

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References: communicating with your loved one who has alzheimer’s by mayo clinic on alzheimer alzheimer’s disease petersen ronald ed 2002 available at www christianacare org

Keywords: Communication slurred speech trouble understanding communicate nonverbal communication conversation speeking tone of voice cognitive cognition

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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