Learn to look at behavior as a form of communication what does the care recipient recipient’s behavior communicate to you it may be that your…

Try: Learn to look at behavior as a form of communication what does the care recipient recipient’s behavior communicate to you it may be that your behavior a problem instead of the cr cr’s key points to consider know the person getting to know each other as individuals begins to build a relationship the more we know each other the better we can work together and care for each other we are all individuals all of us are unique we must acknowledge that we all have our strengths and weaknesses and these are a part of the web of our community – of life when you have met one person with alzheimer’s disease you have met just one person with alzheimer’s disease what is your life story we all have a story to tell and a past present and future that tells a lot about who we are who we were and who we wish to become take a walk in their shoes we can never truly understand what others are feeling but we can put ourselves in their shoes and imagine what it may be like it helps us see the person and to understand how to better communicate and understand behaviors words can make a difference words are powerful the idea behind person-centered language is to acknowledge and respect long-term care residents as individuals using person-centered language is often as simple as reversing common phrases to put the person first and the characteristic second "a wheelchair bound resident" for instance becomes " a person who uses a wheelchair for mobility " karen schoeneman www pioneernetwork net say yes find ways to rearrange your words in a positive manner turn "don’t go that way" into "come this way with me " no one likes to hear "no " learn to say "yes " be aware of your non-verbal communication we get messages from each other from the tone and volume of voice posture facial expressions and hand gestures not only do we need to be careful of our messages but to read those we care for when they have failing verbal communication slow down we are all very busy we have a lot to do in a short amount of time but let’s take a breath and slow down just a little bit be present a person with dementia may be living from moment to moment let’s practice spontaneity flexibility and enthusiasm to be present with them in those moments respect and empower let them do what they can do for as long as they can do it laugh find the joy use humor it is the universal language everyone understands it laughter builds relationships costs nothing and makes us feel good information references adapted from a presentation by karen stobbe for culture change network of georgia

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