Jul 28, 2008 · Respectful adult communication improves quality of care in Alzheimer's patients Jul 28, 2008 Adults with Alzheimer's in nursing homes who are talked to like children are more likely to be resistive to care, according to research reported by Kristine Williams, RN, PhD, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing.
This should be intuitive to a professional care provider, but recent research has proven that communicating with persons suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease respectfully and at an adult-level reduces resistance to care. Read the Alzheimer’s Association press release below for more information.
Communicating with someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be made easier with some new techniques. The damage in their brain has changed the way your older adult hears, processes, and responds to conversation. That’s why it’s necessary to adapt the way we communicate to .
If a person with dementia is having trouble communicating, let him or her know it's OK and provide gentle encouragement. Show respect. Avoid baby talk and diminutive phrases, such as "good girl." Don't talk about the person as if he or she weren't there. Avoid distractions.
Jul 13, 2018 · Research has shown that communication skills training in dementia care significantly improves the quality of life and well being of people with dementia and increases positive interactions in various care settings.