July 07, 2015

Communication with people with dementia including people in early stage dementia and people from multicultural backgrounds

Enhancing communication: an inspirational guide for people like us with early-stage memory loss

The Enhancing Communication Guide, the third guide in the Person with Dementia series, is a comprehensive resource that outlines the main challenges associated with communication as experienced by persons with dementia. It explores communication challenges that can occur with family and friends, in social situations, and when communicating with health care professionals. The guide provides practical solutions for persons with dementia and emphasizes the importance of using a wide range of communication strategies in order to make opinions, feelings and experiences known. It also suggests ways that family partners in care and professionals can enhance communication with persons with dementia.

Communication aid for aged day care services

Communication through pictures has been applied by many care service providers as a common strategy to pass basic uncomplicated messages to their service users. By pointing to the right picture and written phrase or word, staff and clients alike can communicate needs, requests and simple feelings in situations where there is no common language or when experiencing communication difficulties due to clients’ medical conditions. The presented Communication Aid for Aged Day Care Services has been developed as a tool to assist both the staff of aged day care centers/center based respite services and their clients in communicating simple everyday messages. The tool contains pictograms as well as words and phrases in English and in 30 other languages, which enable basic communication with non-English speaking clients. The importance for this type of tool was identified in situations when there are no bilingual workers of the same linguistic background as clients to assist when all the communication is provided in English.

Lost words
Lost Words has more than 290 pictures and their corresponding words. The book is spiral-bound for ease of constant use. There are also a few plastic pockets for keeping photographs in, plus a few pages for personal notes.
There are a lot of people, who for different reasons, have difficulty finding the right words for things. There are also many, like some dementia and stroke patients, who have completely lost the ability to speak. For everyone involved, this book can be of great help to both patients and caregivers.

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

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