Listen, talk, connect
This initiative has been created to help deal with the difficultly of communicating with someone with dementia living in a care home and helps to maximise the benefit of your visit. The skills shared would also apply for a loved one at home too.
Listen, talk connect has been put together by colleagues and those with personal experience of caring for loved ones, to assist relatives, friends and carers to continue having meaningful conversations with anyone living with dementia.
Listening is key when it comes to communicating with someone living with dementia. Not feeling listened to, or heard, can be a source of great anxiety and frustration to us all – and dementia will only amplify this. As carers and visitors, we have to listen carefully when we are talking to someone with dementia – and look for clues when the meaning isn’t immediately clear.
Download a copy of the Listen, talk, connect guide, or to order a printed copy please email RCSmarketing@careuk.com. Care UK have also created a short video that includes tips from the guide and tells the stories of relatives caring for loved ones living with dementia.
Almost every day, somewhere in the UK somebody will say to someone at Care UK “I wish I had known that before”. Dementia, of any form, is an incredibly complex disease that doctors are still struggling to fully understand. It is by understanding a few aspects of this disease that connecting with people living with dementia starts to become easier.