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Hearing the Person with Dementia
Author: Bernie McCarthy

ISBN: 9781849051866
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 17 December 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.9 x 0.8
Description:
Losing the ability to communicate can be a frustrating and difficult experience for people with dementia, their families and carers. As the illness progresses, the person with dementia may find it increasingly difficult to express themselves clearly, and to understand what others say.

Intended both for family and professional carers, this book clearly explains what happens to the part of the brain the controls communication as dementia progresses, how this may affect an individual's memory, language and senses, and how carers need to adapt their approach as a result. Advocating a person-centred approach to dementia care, the author describes methods of verbal and non-verbal communication, techniques for communicating with people who can no longer speak or move, and strategies for communicating more effectively in specific situations, including at mealtimes, whilst helping the person with dementia to dress, and whilst out and about. Exercises at the end of each chapter encourage the carer to reflect on their learning and apply it to their own circumstances, and guidelines for creating a life story with the person with dementia as a means of...

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