Explian How Individuals with Dementia Communicate Through Their Behaviour
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Task a 103 1. Explain how individuals with dementia may communicate through their behaviour.
Dementia sufferers communicate in many different ways. They may not be able to speak but they can communicate non-verbally with positive or negative behaviour. They can also communicate using body language and through posture.
One service user who was blind was hard to settle, because he couldn’t see it was hard to communicate, he was unable to express himself verbally and he was very anxious and depressed. He had moved from Bala where he was brought up many years ago but he still thought that he lived in Bala and got anxious because he thought he was in someone else’s house, so what we used to do was take him out in the car and drive…show more content…
They can connect with you and others to past events from their lives. We have a life story book which is filled out by the family with all the details of the individuals past, their likes, dislikes, favourite foods etc, which really helps when talking about the past as all the information is there in black and white.
Words alone may not be enough to convey the meaning of your message. This can lead to a lack of response and the conclusion that the individual cannot or will not do what is being asked. Use visual demonstrations and tactile/hands-on cues to accompany your words.
While saying “please brush your hair,” demonstrate the movement of hair brushing. While saying “raise your arm,” raise your arm to demonstrate. While saying “it’s time to eat,” put your hand to your mouth to simulate eating.
2. Explain how positive interactions with individuals who have dementia can contribute to their wellbeing.
Positive interaction can contribute to wellbeing because it gives the individual a sense of hope and improves their self esteem and increases their self respect. When someone believes in themselves they take pride in themselves and their confidence increases this leads to more social inclusion which in turn can lead to engaging in different activities.
3. Explain the importance of involving individuals with