Tommy Dunne is master of the “one-Liner”.
These are some of his tips for
visiting a Person Living with Dementia (PLwD) on 22 July 2020 :
So always Smile,
Be calm and relaxed,
Speak clearly, in small sentences and give the PLWD time to respond.
We do not do rapid responses,
so bide with us.
The person with dementia is only able to “live in the moment”.
they can only talk about things that they see, hear or feel right now!
People living with dementia live in the present,
and the best present you can give us is your time.
It’s called the present because it’s a gift.
Watch for tiredness,
like repeating conversations, irritability or walking away from you
or asking you to leave.
A short visit is better than a long visit
everything a PLWD does is hard work for them.
Distraction is drawing their attention to something different.
If they become upset,draw their attention to something else
But you can not take things from PLWD without giving them something to replace it.
What is successful visit?
Success is sharing an experience with the PLWD,
Just having them know they are not alone
and enjoying the “moments of reality”.
Success is seeing the Person living with dementia smile
and knowing that your visit is leaving them with a good feeling.
Often in early stages,
PLWD have trouble finding words to express their thoughts
or are unable to remember meaning of simple words or phrases.
This does not mean we are unintelligent.
If the PLWD cannot comprehend what is being said or express their thoughts
it can frustrating/embarrassing.
Your approach sets the tone.
Think about how you are presenting yourself,
Are you tense? Frowning?
PLWD are aware of non-verbal signals
… BRILLIANT !!!
Index for Tommy’s pages in my blog at https://truthfulkindness.com/index-persons-with-dementia-pwd/tommy-dunne/ ;
https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286019676632473607 . https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286022987947417601 . https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286023452831383552 . https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286023642112036865 . https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286023966352711681 . https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286025253462974465 . https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286025737410093063 . https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286026277376450570 . https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286027747731689472 . https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286028848673562632 . https://twitter.com/thredcic/status/1286029050897629184 .
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