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Basic Steps to Start Communicating with Patients with Alzheimer’s

Have you ever tried talking to an individual with Alzheimer’s and ended up feeling awkward and frustrated? Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s is tough and challenging, but it is achievable. Priority Health Care Systems refers to the “Basic 6” Steps to effectively communicate with a patient that has Alzheimer’s or dementia.

  • First, move from the front and do not startle them.
  • Second, maintain eye contact and show interests to them.
  • Third, call them by their name which, again, means showing interest to them.
  • Fourth, lower down to their eye level, if necessary, put yourself on the same level as them.
  • Fifth, allow them to initiate touch. They will come to you when it’s time.
  • Sixth, provide directions one at a time to keep it simple, especially when they’re having difficulty in processing.

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Patients with Alzheimer’s are more likely to need personal care services, so our in-home nursing care in Maryland will provide health care services to meet your loved ones’ needs in the comfort of your home.

As a home health agency in Maryland, it is our goal to make everyone who has health needs have better health. Through our home care services, you will be able to heal at the best place for recovery—your home.