Communication Health and Social Care Nvq3

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Emma Brighton HSC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA Unit 51 – Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have dementia. Explain how different forms of Dementia may affect the way an individual communicates. Dementia is a common condition that affects about 800,000 people in the United Kingdom and the chances of you developing dementia increases as you get older. Dementia occurs as a result of the death of brain cells or damage to brain cells, in some cases this is a result of a stroke, that deal with our thought process. It is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with on going decline of the brain and its abilities which include: • Memory loss • Thinking speed • Mental agility • Language • Understanding judgement • Increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require concentration and planning • Depression • Changes in personality and mood • Periods of mental confusion • Difficulty finding the right words There are many different forms of dementia and they can all affect the way a person communicates. Therefore, in time, an individual with dementia may have to find different ways of communicating and expressing themselves and their feelings as well as people around them adapting the way they communicate with individuals with dementia. This can become very frustrating for the individual and for others around them such as family, friends and care staff who have direct contact with the individual. Your non-verbal communication will become important, your body language, facial expressions, gestures, eye contact and tone of voice will have to be taken into account when you are communicating with an individual with dementia. You must be aware that there will be changes in the way you communicate with an individual with dementia and in some cases

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