communication strategies to maximise engagement of the person with dementia

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communication strategies to maximise engagement of the person with dementia. Activity What is active/empathic listening and how can it be used to help care for people with dementia? Active/empathic listening is a form of communicating that requires the listener to feedback what they hear to the speaker, by way of restating or paraphrasing what they have heard in their own words. This helps both the carer/person and client clarify and confirm what is being communicated. Some examples of active/empathic listening are: Make eye contact Don't interrupt them or try to finish their sentences Be patient Use non verbal cues and body language like gentle touch, nod head, do not stand or sit too close to the client Paraphrase by using short and simple sentences Activity 2B Estimated Time 20 Minutes Objective To provide you with an opportunity to gain cooperation and provide reassurance as appropriate by using reality orientation. Activity Create a plan for reality orientation session. Detail what skills it aims to develop and who needs to be involved, as well as materials required. Person need for the development plan as per Developing the skill for cooking Travelling independent Able to count Fitness plan Eating and nutrition needs Memory abilities Communication needs
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P a g e | 10 Activity 2C Estimated Time 15 Minutes Objective To provide you with an opportunity to use a range of validation strategies to relieve distress and agitation in the person. Activity Write a role play for validation therapy between a dementia patient and a carer (different to the one outlined in the unit). As you look like a person living with dementia may you change persons Behaviour Sleeping habits Continence needs Although these can be upsetting they are not deliberate there strategies that may help
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P a g e | 11 Activity 3A Estimated Time 15 Minutes Objective To provide you with an opportunity to organise activities which aim to maintain independence, using familiar routines and existing skills. Activity Create a list of ten suitable activities for someone who has limited mobility, dementia and lives in a residential care home. 1. Spend time reading- Reading is a good activity for older adults as it keeps their brain engaged. Reading may help them reduce their stress/anxiety and help to improve their sleep. 2. Exercise regularly- Gentle exercises are good to keep the body moving. The person can use a stick or walking frame to suit their needs or hand and leg movements while sitting on their wheelchair. 3. Explore their hobbies and engage in those activities which may include cooking, baking, knitting, playing an instrument. This activities help the person to maintain their interest and keep their boredom away. 4. Engage in Creative activities like painting, colouring, mosaics or sculpture, make a scrapbook or photo album 5. Music and Movement- Music has a power to reduce stress, anxiety or pain. It also improves immune system and sleep.
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