This short course considers the importance of communication and how to help someone who is progressively losing their ability to communicate. Explore some techniques you can use to encourage communication including body language and physical contact. View tips on responding to someone who is struggling to express themselves and coping with the frustration this can cause.
This short course is aimed at practitioners in a care setting, but may also be useful for someone who looks after a loved one with dementia at home.
- For people with dementia, problems with communication can affect the care and support they receive. Learners will understand how best they can include people with dementia in their care plans and express their needs and preferences.
- Learners will be given tips for communicating with people who have dementia and ways they can communicate with people who cannot speak and/or have other sensory impairments
Advantages of this course
- A person with dementia may have trouble finding the right word, they may repeat words, or become ‘stuck’ on certain sounds. They are also likely to have other sensory impairments which can make it hard to communicate. Upon completion of this short course, learners will understand the affect dementia can have on communication and language.
- Learners will be asked to reflect on the support they currently provide and if they could utilise non-verbal communication more effectively
- Website and video resources are utilised to explain communication and dementia further
- There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge