It is sometimes hard to know how to talk to a Care recipient (cr) with dementia whose spouse has died

Try: Music hobby items photos etc food items enjoyed by the deceased person optional try #a caregiver friend or family member can organize visits to the widowed Care recipient (cr) it may be wise for visitors to arrive in the late morning when the cr is most likely to be alert and receptive #during the visit a visitor can introduce or bring up an item significant to the memory of the deceased as a topic of conversation this may jog the cr’s memory and provide a way to invite the cr to talk about the spouse who has died #bringing food significant to the deceased may open another opportunity to socialize and verbalize feelings of loss i e i brought you this apple pie it’s helen’s recipe do you remember the time she baked three of these and we ate all of them or even just i brought this in your husband’s honor i remember how much he enjoyed them #the widowed cr may forget his or her spouse has died remind the person gently if it seems necessary or wait for a while the cr may remember again a little later

Materials: Family & friends items associated with deceased person poe

Categories: Bereavement, Communicating, End Of Life, Memory, Socialization, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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

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