Here are some tips on how to communicate with someone who has Alzheimer's Disease.
Never argue, instead agree
Never reason, instead divert
Never shame, instead distract
Never lecture, instead reassure
Never say "Remember", instead reminisce
Never say "I told you", instead repeat/regroup
Never say "You can't", instead do what they can
Never command/demand, instead ask/model
Never condescend, instead encourage
Never force, instead reinforce
Try these tips to improve your communication skills with your loved one or client. Good communication will help you build a better relationship with the one who has AD and will help make your caregiving less stressful. You will also be able to handle difficult behavior that you may encounter better because you understand that it's the disease, not the person, that is causing the behavior. Remember that we can change our behavior or the physical environment, and that can help change your loved one or client's behavior.
*Tips courtesy of Heartland Home Health and Hospice