Listen, talk, connect

this image shows the poster for the listen talk connect initiative helping those caring for a loved one with dementia to communicate effectively with them

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 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.

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Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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