Solution Name: Improving Social Interaction
Solutions for Improving Social Interactions for Persons with Dementia
In the home setting:
Stay true to oneself: Maintain a social calendar, things like lunch dates or game nights.
Timing: Plan social visits for the time when the individual with Dementia feels best, not when it’s best for the visitor. Closer to sundown may cause more confusion, “sundowning”.
Choosing the right place: Busy settings full of noise and people are often stressful for someone with dementia. Visits should occur in environments that are calm, quieter, and uncluttered.
Stay prepared: Make sure that friends and family have appropriate expectations. Explain the nature of the disease and what changes to expect. Prepare an activity that can be shared during a visit, like singing a song, looking through old photo albums, or taking a walk. This can give the individual something to focus on. Show the individual with dementia pictures of who may be coming to visit, to prepare.
Learn How to Interact
Let visitors know they should be natural and go with any changes and follow these guidelines:
– Speak softly.
– Talk slowly and avoid quick phrases.
– Be prepared for emotional outbursts, and don’t respond angrily.
– Maintain eye contact
– Identify the person with dementia by name, to let them know when they’re being addressed.
– Prepare to repeat what’s said.
– Use common words or phrases.
– Use props or point to objects, if needed.
– Be prepared for forgetfulness and confusion.
– Look interested in what is being said.
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